Practical Applications Of External Peak Demands In Basketball To Optimize The Compensatory Training With Unselected Or Fringe Players

Alonso E., Lisboa P., Lorenzo A.

Players with more minutes accumulate more load than players with fewer minutes at the end of the week. Therefore, the strength and conditioning coach must be adaptive in the context of their teams and look for suitable tools to increase the load on those players with less use. The objective of this article is to present a practical proposal on how to use the peak values to optimize the compensatory workouts with the unselected or fringe players.

Understanding the demands of the sport from a holistic perspective allows basketball practitioners to design efficient strategies that prepare players to withstand specific situations, uncertainty, and the maximum demands they will face in competition. Understanding the context of each player at the time of considering the training stimulus that will be submitted during the compensatory training will be decisive. Additionally, identifying the perceptions, expectations, and predisposition of the athlete to determine the best training process that will determine the success or failure of the process.

Compensatory training entails an important “window” to enhance technical-tactical-physical skills specific to the sport, as well as to improve possible deficits in mobility, stability, or strength. Moreover, although the characteristics of competition are hardly replicable, looking for tools for the player is exposed, at least twice a week, to these technical-tactical-physical requirements approximated to the competition (high specificity) where the intermittent nature of the sport is maintained by alternating actions by walking or jogging, with requirements based on average and scenarios of maximum demand.

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