Basketball Conditioning Drill

Basketball Conditioning Drill If you've got the entire length of a basketball court and half its width to work with, what's an optimal conditioning drill? A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance compared 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills to 20-meter shuttle runs.

A total of 31 players representing different positions performed 3 separate 4-minute efforts in the small side game simulations with a minute of rest between sets. When they sprinted 10 meters turned and sprinted back, subjects were only allowed 20 seconds rest. Turns out that 3-on-3 simulated play was best for aerobic conditioning, especially for centers. Shuttle runs didn't seem to influence player performance in either simulated drill.

True Strength Moment: Team sports athletes looking to up their game for the next season might want to this drill into pre-season training for a few weeks. All you need is an empty basketball court and 5 highly motivated friends.
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