Injury prevention is first and foremost. An athlete must have proper movement patterns and address any weaknesses or imbalances before movements are loaded with weight. Both the large and small muscles must be primed with proper form to withstand the demands of training and sport.
It is imperative to have balance in basketball. The strength and stability of the ankle, core control and stability of the hips can be tied into balance.
Jumping and Landing form
Proper jumping and landing form can lead to a lower incidence of injury in sport. Throughout the course of a game, there are many instances where players take flight from the ground. Shooting, defending a shot, and jumping to catch a pass are all opportunities to jump and land with solid form.
In this area, the muscles are taxed to become stronger. Strong muscles are able to handle acceleration and deceleration in sports as well as produce the force necessary to execute movement.
HAND EYE COORDINATION
Throwing and catching are two underrated skills. The ability to locate the ball with the eyes and then coordinate the hands to catch it is a skill that must be taught. Catching on the move without traveling to score, pass, or shoot is also addressed.
Cutting or changing direction helps players change their angle of attack from one way to another. This is cutting to get open, using a crossover dribble or staying in front of an offensive player on defense. All of these methods require the body to have enough strength and coordination to shift the weight from side to side, use proper footwork and change direction.
Proper running form is addressed with athletes day one. We want the most efficient form possible so as to not waste precious energy. Once the proper form is learned, athlete will be taught how to start and stop in a way that minimizes the load on their joint. A well-conditioned athlete is at lower risk for injury so drills to maintain conditioning levels will be done.
Agility ties into both the offensive and defensive sides. Athletes will learn the proper footwork of defensive slides and closeouts. They will learn how to V cut and change direction effectively.
The pivot is essential to basketball and a part of the game most young players struggle with.