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Rope Battling Improves Basketball Shot Accuracy

In the highly competitive world of college basketball, players are always looking for an edge. A new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research gives athletes a novel approach to try out in the weeks leading up to the season.

Thirty male college basketball players were assigned to perform a rope battling protocol or stick with the more traditional shuttle runs 3 times a week during 8 weeks of practice.

Subjects in the rope battling group realizes an average 17.6% improvement in lap running endurance, 7.3% greater upper body power, a 2.6% boost in jump height, 4.8% faster chest pass speed and a 36.2% improvement in dynamic shooting accuracy. Shuttle running improved lap running endurance by around 12% and chest pass speed by 3.8%.