Basketball Stretching Routine
A basketball stretching routine, as part of basketball training, prepares players to perform well, physically and mentally.
by Brad Walker | First Published October 31, 2010 | Updated August 31, 2017
An appropriate mix of skill, stamina and strength is essential for the game of basketball. If you desire to be in perfect shape to play basketball then a regular basketball stretching routine will help. Basketball training helps take your game to the next level.
Muscles used in Basketball
All the muscles in the body play an important role in a game of basketball. Running, jumping and pivoting involve muscles throughout the trunk, legs and feet. The quadriceps and hamstring muscles also play a crucial role in these activities. The most critical activity in basketball is the vertical jump, an activity that involves several muscles including the abdominals, calf muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteus muscles. Your basketball stretching routine should be such that it targets all these five muscles.
A free throw in basketball involves the upper body muscles, such as the rotator cuff muscles, coracobrachialis, latissimus dorsi, biceps brachii, brachioradialis, triceps brachii, anconeus and pronator teres. A range of hand and finger muscles also play a pivotal role. These include the palmaris longus, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi radialis, extensor carpi ulnaris, extensor carpi radialis longus, flexor digitorum profoundus, extensor indicis, extensor pollicus longus, etc.
The Benefits of a Basketball Stretching Routine
A regular stretching routine helps keep injuries at bay by ensuring a healthy and agile body. This routine especially protects players from overuse injuries, such as patellar tendinitis, also called jumper’s knee, in which the player feels pain in the tendon below the kneecap. Achilles tendinitis is also common, which is characterized by pain in the back of the lower leg, above the heels.
Other benefits of incorporating a regular basketball stretching routine into your basketball training include: increased range of motion; improved posture; reduced fatigue and improved co-ordination.
Despite the numerous benefits, it is important to bear in mind that stretching can have detrimental effects when done incorrectly. Improperly done stretches can over time cause permanent damage to ligaments and joint. When performing the stretching routine below, be sure to warm up first and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately. Review my article on the rules for safe stretching for more information.
Watch the Basketball Stretching Routine
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