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Christina averaged 12.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.9 turnovers and 1.7 assists per game. (Freshman season)


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Training Basketball Players

Charlie Weingroff-Director Of Physical Performance and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Canada Men's Basketball

Last week when we posted Charlie's Phase 1 basketball training program, we also posted a few links to things he has written about training. A lot of people do not click the links, however, so we decided to repost his writing in text form. There is a lot of wisdom in this stuff.

Let's now give Charlie the floor.

Matt Sharky in the UK has been given a great opportunity to direct the training of his country's top junior basketball players from U19 down to U13. This is a tremendous opportunity to represent his country and develop young people that regularly populate the D1 teams in the United States. At his request and my privilege, I will provide some prevailing thoughts that I think are critical in training basketball players.

1. Mobility and Stability

As I warned Matt, my views may not seem as basketball-centric as some would expect. I think athletes are athletes, and from a foundational level, human movement is the same for everyone involved. Obviously the Joint by Joint prevails, but there are singular impacts to the Joint by Joint that I think are more prevalent in basketball players.

One is the height of the players. Bottom line is that a longer lever is harder to control. No matter if it's a long femur, longer humerus or spine, length requires more stability. When the muscular and neuro-muscular systems are challenged as they are in these under- or poorly training individuals, the body will rely on bony approximation and ligamentous strain for stability as well as shifts in tone away stabilizers, creating tension in mobilizers such as the hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, etc., all the places we typically see "tightness." Coming from the 5 foot nothing walking fire hydrant, having long levers is not the devil's spit. Longer levers typically come with bigger hands (better to grip you with) and bigger frames like shoulder girdle which provide better angles to buttress the spine.

The second point regarding mobility and stability is that most basketball players are what Gray would call OverPowered Athletes. These folks have a Ferrari engine in a '72 Beetle frame. The gap between high level basketball players and also-rans is very, very large. The guys that Matt is going to be working with are gifted. They have inordinate fast-twitch fibers andare beyond capable of outrunning their foundational movement dysfunction. Basically, they can still run and jump through the roof at elite levels despite the destruction they are doing to their joints. Now with the adolescents Matt is going to be working with, he can impact their strength and power. But even the U19 guys, he might already be looking at 35-42? verts. They aren't going to be going any higher. Their durability is going to be where he can help the most. He will have to respect that even when/if strength and power can be enhanced, it must be within the framework of their Functional Performance Pyramid. Whether it's using the FMS or not, I expect training mobility and stability will be the first governor on his players' success.

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