Last Saturday after finishing up my Elite Sports Performance workout in Edison, I was having a conversation with one of my basketball player’s parents about the workout that just ended. He was very complimentary of the workout and elaborated on how great it is for his son to be a part of the sports performance workouts as well as my basketball skill development program. As I thanked him for his kudos, he followed it up with, “I wish more parents saw how important this (sports performance) is.” and he proceeded to tell me that he planned on telling more players and parents about the training and encouraging them to get involved. I could not be more appreciative of this commendatory praise and that he was willing to spread the word about my training, but his quote on parents seeing the importance of sports performance training really got my attention. Why don’t parents and in many cases, basketball players see the value in sports performance training and its implementation into game play? Anyone who has ever watched one NBA or college basketball game has to see that these basketball players are in great shape and cannot possibly think that is an accident. Nonetheless, sports performance training consistently takes a back burner to game play and skill development (and in that order).
Elite Basketball Training was founded on the principal of creating the most well-rounded and versatile basketball player and it is for this reason we offer a variety of programs that include basketball skill development, sports performance training/athletic development, and nutrition. We know that the best basketball players are, not only the ones with superior skills,but are also the players who are in the best shape. Our sports performance programs are designed with the game of basketball in mind and often mimic many of the common movements on the basketball court including power positions like the lunge and jump positions while developing the core strength to maintain balance and coordination and finally conditioning the athlete so that they have enough in the tank to still perform their skills at the end of the game when they are tired. These are all attributes that the top players in the world have and work to develop yet more often than not, players and parents of players say they cannot find the time for sports performance training.
Time is the biggest determining factor into whether a player supplements their basketball skill development with sports performance training. However, a case can be made that there is more time than you think there is to train if certain aspects of a player’s development were prioritized and others trimmed down. Doing so will allow a player to easily find one hour two to three days a week to improve their athleticism.
For whatever reason, game play has almost become the be all end all of player development as young players often find themselves playing an excessive amount of games on a weekly basis. This is a result of them being on three or more teams of varying sports and therefore being constantly shuttled from one game to the next. As a matter of fact, recently I was having a conversation with one of the parents of two players that I train. His son and daughter had tried out my sports performance training, loved it, and were trying to find the time for them to come in and train on a consistent basis. This may come as a shock, but we couldn’t. Why? Each child played on about three basketball teams alone, not to mention the other teams from other sports that they were involved in at the time. All of this game play had monopolized their time and left them very little time to train.
I am not sure how game play became so significant to everyone, but I can absolutely, one hundred percent assure you that it should, in no way, be the number one priority in your development as a basketball player or any kind of player, for that matter. Game play is a way to incorporate your skills and athleticism into a live situation and not a way to develop said skills and athleticism. As a matter of fact, a case can be made, that if you only play games and do not get the proper repetitions it takes to improve your skills and athleticism you will only plateau in those two areas and in many cases regress. There is just not possible way to get in the necessary reps to improve during game play…period. With that in mind, game play should be the last priority on the list for a basketball player looking to improve.
Obviously players desire to grow and improve all of the time and basketball skill development combined with a well structure sports performance program will produce the desired results. Nonetheless, when giving a reason why players cannot get in the weight room and train, time is the most common reason, followed up with an almost braggadocious account of the number of teams their son or daughter plays on. It’s almost like a badge of honor to play on multiple teams, but one that I simply cannot wrap my mind around if a player is truly looking to develop their game and in this case their athleticism.