Stronger, well conditioned athletes execute their basketball skills more efficiently and at a higher rate. In this on court presentation, conditioning specialist Alan Stein takes players through drills and concepts he uses for pre-season workouts.
Stein's training drills will not only develop stronger players and improve their performance on court (jumping higher and running faster), but will also reduce the chance for injury. And if an athlete does sustain an injury, stronger muscles, ligaments and tendons heal faster.
WARM UPStein builds his athletes from the floor up. He starts every workout doing activities without shoes to develop strong, mobile ankles and feet. The feet are extremely important because they initiate every movement, and conversely, the ankles and feet are the two most injured areas on a basketball player. Stein demonstrates six drills to strengthen your feet and to help you loosen up your players before a workout, practice or game.
Next, see Stien's half court warm up series. This series incorporates a basketball and loosens the player's ankles, legs, hips, knees and shoulders. These lead into his dynamic flexibility exercises where he shows some hamstring burners and gets into his agility and reaction workout component.
AGILITY & REACTION DRILLSStein demonstrates drills and exercises that will improve reaction, quickness, agility, mental focus and competitiveness.
RACE & CHASE DRILLSRace Drills incorporate competitive elements and focus on executing basketball specific movement while also working on conditioning. These drills will help improve your players' slides and footwork while strengthening their ankles.
He also shares some additional drills involving the use of playing cards to work on mental focus and hand-eye coordination as well as a European passing drill and a backboard sting using a medicine ball.
Coach Stein is known nationwide as an expert in basketball training. His strength training and conditioning programs will allow your players to execute skills more efficiently, and will become the foundation to your pre-season success.
Alan Stein continues to find ways to improve players using innovative techniques that can be incorporated into any program.
Produced at the spring 2010 Verona, NY clinic.
74 minutes. 2010.
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