April 12, 2002, Newsletter Issue #53: STRENGTH TRAINING

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The goal of your strength and conditioning program should be two-fold: 1)Prevent injury and 2)Improve athletic ability. Notice that "Enhance Basketball Performance" is not one of the goals listed. This is because basketball performance is just that, basketball performance. In order for an athlete to improve his or her performance, they need to practice the skills required for basketball.
Improving one`s strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility will not only set the stage for practice, but aid in preventing injury so one can make it through the entire season without getting hurt. Sport-specific training should be implemented during practice. Keep in mind it`s not the strength that will improve performance, but the rather the strength when it is applied to practice that results in improved performance. Use weight lifting, conditioning, and stretching to enhance athletic ability and prevent injury.

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