Specific Speed in Basketball 🏀by Adriano Vretaros
Speed plays a crucial role in a basketball game. The specific speed in basketball is manifested as: game speed, reaction speed, movement speed, displacement speed and endurance speed. Each of these types of speeds has special features for their analysis, interpretation and training methodology. The speed of the game is related to the pace (pacing) printed by the teams. The reaction speed depends on the decision making of the sensory organs (visual, auditory and kinesthetic). In the speed of movement, the frequency of motor actions takes an important role. The displacement speed consists of assessing the player's body in space-time. Finally, endurance speed aims to maintain the power levels in each type of speed. The integration of the different speeds will allow the basketball player to achieve high performance levels. Strength and conditioning coaches must understand how each speed works to create effective training methodologies in their professional practice.