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Training hard to improve a players individual conditioning will pay dividends for a players consistency in performance. Cross training can be a useful conditioning option (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who watches a game of Basketball knows it is a dynamic and electrifying game, which consists of jumping, sprinting, quick and explosive movements which test the Conditioning of players all the time. When you throw in the skill and size of the athletes you truly see a picture of what elite sports is all about and why basketball is one of the most popular sports on the globe. Basketball makes use of almost everybody part of an individual like legs, hands, hips, mind and eyes. The entire body of an individual must be fit and conditioned.


Conditioning and fitness should be at the foremost in the mind of an individual if he or she really wants to be a pivotal player for the team and for themselves.


When we are focusing on the individual there can be no substitute for hard work and dedication to be completely fit. This is especially true in the amateur and semi-professional levels of the sport where players and teams will not have access to specialised coaches or if they do might only have a limited amount of time. In these situations it is the individual themselves who will be the catalyst for change the improvement.


For an athlete with limited knowledge or experience in strength and conditioning they should consult with their coach. You and your coach should discuss ways in which you can keep your body healthy, focusing on injury prevention first and then moving onto improving your individual standards. As an individual you will need to be disciplined when it comes to following the fitness regime on a daily basis. Good habits such as fitness training need time to be formed and within a short period of time you can start to see benefits but these can be just as quickly lost if the schedule is abandoned or sessions missed.


Some of the general activities that an individual can include in their physical training regime can be jogging, running, sprinting, jumping, cycling, swimming, and light weight exercises in the gym. All these exercises when carried out properly and regularly undertaken will help in keeping the body fit and healthy and enhance the stamina of an individual. These exercises in many cases (except elite sports people) will need to be undertaken away from regular team training sessions. So choosing exercises you enjoy or are easily accessible will be a strategy in ensuring your ongoing commitment to your individual fitness and conditioning program.


To add a boost to your individual training regime, why not look to organise personal sessions with a personal fitness trainer who will work with you one on one. These can be organised and used in such a way to help stimulate the training schedule and add additional motivation. Additionally, boot camps can also be utilised to help with general fitness and can also be a great way of enhancing motivation and adding variety to your training sessions. If you do find your motivation to be lacking then look to your coach to help with this. Your coach can help usually with giving you new ideas on what activities to do or evaluating your current program.


Conditioning workouts for an individual are highly beneficial and advantageous as they can help in injury prevention and get the body and muscles familiar to the activities that are going to be performed in a game situation. It will over time if undertaken properly reduce mental and physical exhaustion and will help in the improvement of the game performance of an individual.