In an article in Men’s Health this week called “Squat for Speed”, a new study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that performing the squat in the weight room can drastically improve your sprint speed. In the sport of basketball especially, a player will rarely ever reach top end speed like a 100-meter sprinter would on a track. So, top priority for basketball players becomes the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change direction between distances of 2 and 20 yards. The ability to produce the force needed to accelerate in those small spaces comes from improving total body strength in the weight room. The squat is a great and fundamental movement that is essential for creating maximum strength that transfers to on-court performance. Bottom line is, if you aren’t doing a variation of the squat in the weight room then you aren’t really working out to improve your performance on the court. And if you are not working out to improve your performance on the court then what are you working out for?
Be sure to check out the Men’s Health article as well as the links below for more information on techniques and variations of the squat.
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