Athletic Development for Basketball Players - Improve Your Strength, Conditioning, Speed and Vertical Jump!

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Athletic development is an important aspect of becoming a great basketball player. This includes your strength, conditioning, coordination, balance, speed, and agility.

Here are a few articles to help improve your athleticism...


Injury Prevention and Warm Ups

Guide to Preventing Basketball Injuries

The 4 Sports Every Youth Player Should Participate In

Jump Rope Training Video - Prevent Injuries & Improve Athleticism In Just 3 Minutes

Dynamic Warm Up

15 Team Warm Up Drills


Increase Vertical Jump

How to Increase Your Vertical Jump (Even If You’re Not Athletic)

Jumping Form Tips That Will Increase Your Vertical and Prevent Injury

How to Dunk a Basketball

5 Explosive Exercises For Your Vertical Jump

How To Jump Higher


Conditioning / Cardio

Basketball Conditioning Drills & Workouts for the Individual Athlete

16 Conditioning Drills for Your Team


Strength & Weight Training

Strength Training Program for Basketball: Are You Doing it Right?

7 Essential Core Exercises for Basketball Players

4 Strength & Conditioning Drills for Basketball Players


Speed & Agility Drills

How To Develop An Explosive First Step

Cone Grab Drill - Develop A Faster First Step

Defense Reaction Drill

Lane Agility Drill

2 Advanced Drills for First Step Speed and Quickness

Chaser Drill to Increase Agility and Improve Ball Handling


Defense Improves Agility, Conditioning, and Athletic Development

One of the best things you can do is commit to become a lockdown defender!

By focusing on defense in your team practices and off-season workouts, not only will you become a more valuable player -- you’ll also dramatically improve your agility, coordination, and conditioning!

Playing GREAT man to man defense gets in you great shape, improves your foot speed, and improves your agility. This is a very efficient way to become a great basketball player.

Start by developing your on ball defense skills with these 6 Footwork Progressions For Elite Defenders.

Then focus on locking down your opponent in full court situations. One of the simplest and best things you can do to get in shape and improve agility is the 1 on 1 Full Court Defense Drill. And when you’re in pick-up game or scrimmages, guard your player full court too.

If you have a few partners to workout out with, try the man in the hole drill... this is one of the best drills to improve your basketball conditioning!