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Power testing in basketball: Current practice and future recommendations

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posted on 12.02.2019, 00:00 authored by Neal WenNeal Wen, Vincent DalboVincent Dalbo, B Burgos, DB Pyne, Aaron ScanlanAaron Scanlan
Wen, N, Dalbo, VJ, Burgos, B, Pyne, DB, and Scanlan, AT. Power testing in basketball: Current practice and future recommendations. J Strength Cond Res 32(9): 2677-2691, 2018-Numerous foundational movements performed during basketball are predicated on underlying power-related attributes, including speed, change-of-direction (COD), and jumping. Accordingly, fitness testing batteries for basketball have incorporated an assortment of linear speed tests, COD tests, and jump tests. However, because of the wide variety of testing options, it is difficult for basketball practitioners to select appropriate testing protocols for the assessment of power-related attributes. As a result, there is a need to review the relevant literature to identify game-specific, power-related attributes important in basketball and the most appropriate tests available to assess power-related attributes for basketball practitioners. Therefore, the aims of this review were to: (a) identify essential power-related attributes important in basketball; (b) discuss the suitability of common and novel power-related tests; and (c) provide recommendations for future research and best practice approaches for basketball coaching staff. In this review, we propose a series of novel tests that are more targeted and specific to basketball movements including: (a) 5- and 10-m linear sprints, (b) modified agility T-test, (c) change-of-direction deficit (CODD), (d) lateral bound, (e) Sargent jump, (f) one-step jump, and (g) isometric midthigh pull test. Improved testing of power-related attributes should enable basketball practitioners to develop targeted training plans for enhancing player performance. © 2018 National Strength and Conditioning Association

History

Volume

32

Issue

9

Start Page

2677

End Page

2691

Number of Pages

15

eISSN

1533-4287

ISSN

1064-8011

Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, US

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Orlando Magic Basketball Club, Florida;University of Canberra; Australian Institute of Sport

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research