Online video-based resistance training improves the physical capacity of junior basketball athletes

Markus Klusemann, David B Pyne, Tristan S. Fay, Eric Drinkwater

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    Junior basketball athletes require a well-designed resistance training program to improve their physical development. Lack of expert supervision and resistance training in junior development pathways may be overcome by implementing an online video-based program. The aim of this study was to compare the magnitude of improvement (change) in physical performance, strength and functional movement patterns of junior basketball athletes employing either a fully supervised, or an online video-based resistance training program. Thirty-eight junior basketball athletes (males n=17; age 14 ± 1 y; height 1.79 ± 0.10 m; mass 67 ± 12 kg; females n=21; age 15 ± 1 y; height 1.70 ± 0.07 m; mass 62 ± 8 kg; mean ± SD) were randomly assigned into a supervised resistance training group (SG, n=13), video training group (VG, n=13) or control group (CG, n=12) and participated in a six week controlled experimental trial. Pre- and post-testing included measures of physical performance (20 m sprint, step-in vertical jump, agility, sit and reach, line drill, Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 1), strength (15 s push up and pull up) and functional movement screening (FMS). Both SG and VG achieved 3-5%, ± 2-4% (mean, ±90% confidence limits) greater improvements in several physical performance measures (vertical jump height, 20 m sprint time and Yo-Yo endurance performance) and a 28%, ±21% greater improvement in push up strength compared to the CG. The SG attained substantially larger gains in FMS scores over both the VG (12%, ±10%) and CG (13%, ±8%). Video-based training appears to be a viable option to improve physical performance and strength in junior basketball athletes. Qualified supervision is recommended to improve functional movement patterns in junior athletes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2677-2684
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


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