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Do you want to be quicker than Michael Jordan?

Remember that getting in optimal physical condition is a must to have a better chance to be successful on the basketball court against any competition. Once you are in your best shape, the hard part comes: Stay in shape!

The Quick Ladder by SKLZ is one of my favorite training aids to challenge anyone’s physical condition. In any sport, at any level, the Quick Ladder should be an essential part of the team’s training equipment.

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These excellent training tips are taken from the article by Jeff Haefner from BreakthroughBasketball.com

 

Want to shoot better? Then you might be surprised at how much of your game is mental.For instance, if you imagine yourself missing shot after shot, how do you feel? Pretty lousy. And, chances are very high that you’re going to do exactly what you imagined: you’re going to miss shot after shot. Then, your performance spirals downward because the more shots you miss, the worse you shoot.

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I can still feel the excitement of the NBA draft 2011 held in New Jersey last week. One of the most popular players in the draft was Jimmer Fredette. He played guard for BYU and was selected #10 by the Milwaukee Bucks but was traded to the Sacramento Kings that same night. Jimmer Fredette led the nation in scoring with 28.8 ppg during 2010 and collected several national player of the year awards. There is no coach who would not want a pure shooter.

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Professional Basketball players like Michael Jordan, Steve Nash, and the current NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki are true warriors when it comes to winning games. Mental Toughness is what makes their hearts so hard to beat. While I was reading some basketball notes on mental training in the coaching tool box website, I found the following ideas to improve your mental toughness:

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NBA star and Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans knows that success in basketball doesn’t rest solely on athletic ability.  To put a 9.39-inch diameter ball into a hoop with an 18-inch diameter, you need healthy vision. Evans recognizes that in order to play your best, you need to see your best, and that means getting a comprehensive eye exam every year.

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If you want to have energy, stamina and endurance at the end of a basketball game, then you have to work on your overall basketball conditioning. I am going to share with you two basic basketball conditioning drills which are very simple but yet so deadly and effective. Work on these two routines during the summer time and your coach and teammates will notice the improvement next season.

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Motivation is the fuel by which we all get things done. Habits are a big reason why people stay motivated or not. As a basketball coach you need to be able to motivate your team to achieve training goals and win games. As a basketball player you need to find the motivation to do what it takes to become a better team player, to be a better ball handler and rebounder, a strong defender, to pass the ball without turning it over, and to be more effective with your jump shots and layups.

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There is a great risk of getting hurt when playing sports, especially after certain age. Sometimes injuries are unavoidable; but there are also strategies to prevent the bench because of injuries. Here is my advice to you to reduce the risks:

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Happiness goes far beyond being healthy or having a lot of success in life. It is a matter of choice disregarding any circumstances. There are no eternal happy moments on this earth. We do what is necessary to be happy, but suddenly, it is all over if we cease to be healthy, if we loose a loved one, if we fall into financial distress, etc. Material and temporary things may give us temporary happiness.  To be really happy depends in your state of mind, and in order to win a basketball game, it is necessary to stay happy my friend, even against adversity.

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“Air is life.” Think about the three main physical elements you intake every day to support your life: Food, water and air; which of them is the most important? Certainly, all three of them are vital to continue our earthly journey and depending on several factors you could survive without food or water for days. Without food, an average person could survive four to six weeks. Without water, the same person may survive three to four days before dehydration and other serious health related problems.

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