/ cee 2 - ST9 / cet 2 Evaluating
Conditioning Capacities of Basketball Players
David (2005). Evaluating Conditioning Capacities of
International Basketball Clinic Vilnius. July 8-10th,
2005. Vilnius (Lithuania).
Basketball Coaches Association
OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Basketball Coach (Spanish basketball coaches association
-superior coach since 1987-)
Physical conditioning coach of the Spanish under-20 basketball
national team 2002
was an honour and a great experience to participate in this
Lithuanian Basketball Clinic.
Thank you very much for your attention.
I strongly hope my lecture could provide you practical
proposals for the basketball players you coach.
to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
the proposals are based on practical theories learned from my
best professor Francisco Seirul·lo Vargas.
In the following web page I present his publications on sport
following web page: http://www.humanmovement.com
you can find an article on practical experiences with
strength tests ("Strength training of the Spanish
basketball team for the 6th European basketball championship
for young men 2002") and soon you will find an article on "Integrated
monitoring of the training load in team sports" and a
selection of articles/video (DVD) on specific endurance tests for basketball
I present a list of the main concepts in order
to have a guide of the examples showed in practice.
Methods (Seirul·lo Vargas, 1994):
Performance assessment by systems
Performance observation system
Performance observation system
CAPACITY TESTS -Evaluating Conditioning Capacities-
- Use as a main option "auto-control"
and "auto-evaluation" options, specially in experienced
your own tests of conditioning capacities.
the characteristics of the test to the players.
a clear definition of the test, its criteria to be
implemented and its criteria to be evaluated, it can be
achieved a good degree of validity, objectivity,
reliability and sensibility.
the tests: minimum testing - maximum reliable information.
Perception and cognitive factors are very relevant for
speed actions in basketball, but very complex to be
evaluated. Therefore, speed tests will mainly emphasize the
motor control capacity.
Any basketball skill or drill can be selected for a speed
Specificity and short duration (time to perform a sequence
of basketball actions).
test for running, passing, rebounding, dribbling, short offense or defense actions,
test for a combined sequence of offense or defense
BUT, the most important is to train in
speed conditions the specific basketball situations !!
In this regard, you can use the different types of speed
proposed by professor Seirul·lo:
Speed of put in action or departure
Spped of intervention
Speed of change of rhythm-timing
Speed of execution
Speed of intermittent actions
jump tests with different previous movements: from
knew flexion, from standing position, 3 jumps in a
row, with overload (5-20kg), from jumping a hurdle
(20-40-60cm), from a step, from a spin, from a
spin-jump, one-leg jump, one-leg running jump, ...
running tests: one-leg running half court,
combination of sequences of short runs with
jumping hurdles, ...
figthing tests: very short movements moving a
10-15-20kg disc (model: 30"effort/15"rest/30"effort/15"rest/30"effort
for 10kg and 30"effort/15"rest/30"effort
short-movements test: short forward-backward
movements combined with short defense slides
movements holding a 5-10-15kg disc (model:
for 5kg and 30"effort/15"rest/30"effort
figthing-short-movement tests: combination of
figthing and short movements tests differentiating
interior and exterior players
throwing tests: throw must be performed with a
minimum of precision (limited zone); throws of 1kg
ball, basketball ball and small basketball ball;
2-hands static, 2-hands with step, 1-hand, over-head
pass, chest passs, ...
the tests used in a practical experience!
test for the point guard, forward and center (future
test for interior and exterior players (3 players
can perform the test at the same time in the
- Player perform the sequence of actions as many
times as possible during every 1'30" effort
- Effort-rest periods: 1'30" effort - 30" rest
/ basic options: 6 or 14 times
(6 periods or 14 periods / 12' or 21' of total
number of actions performed (each period and
recovery heart rate (each rest period and final at
1', 2' and 3') and/or other selected physiological
performance index: number of actions/heart rate (each
period and global)
the sequence of actions and equipment layout
- Strength Test for Running (adaptation of Seirul-lo’s
Test for Handball players): the player must perform one-leg
alternated jumps followed by a combination of runs with 2-leg
jumps on a basketball court. Total and partial times are
FIGURE: Strength Test of Running for Basketball.
Strength Tests for “Fighting” Situations (adaptation of
Seirul-lo’s Test for Handball players): a) following a
triangle path (1,80 m. each side) with defense slides and
frontal flexion-extension arms movements with a 15kg disc, the
player has to perform as many meters and arms movements as
possible during 2 sets of 30 seconds (15 seconds rest in
between); b) the same than a) but the player moves a 10kg disc
and performs 3 sets of 30 seconds (15 seconds rest in
between). In both the number of meters and arms movements are
PHOTO (Santi Abad):
Strength Test of Fighting for Basketball.
Strength Tests for Short Movements (adaptation of Seirul-lo’s
Test for Handball players): a) following an “L” path (1,80
m. each side) with forward-backward movements and defense
slides holding a 10kg disc, the player has to perform as many
meters as possible during 2 sets of 30 seconds (15 seconds
rest in between); b) the same than a) but the player holds a
5kg disc and performs 3 sets of 30 seconds (15 seconds rest in
between). The number of meters is evaluated.
(Santi Abad): Strength Test of Short Movements for Basketball.
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