Offseason Practice and Shooting

For many players, the offseason is the time to improve one’s shooting or make major modifications to one’s shot. Of course, as I have noted recently, high-school players may not have a true offseason, which could limit this practice, and shooting improvement can arise from means other than practicing more or changing one’s technique. 

Should one decide to change one’s technique, are there strategies that one can use beyond the practice more model?

An interesting study from Copenhagen found that engaging in exercise that raised one’s heart rate immediately after practicing a motor task improves long-term retention of the skill, which is apparent one week after the practice (Roig et al., 2012). The benefits were found when the study’s participants raised their heart rates to 80-90% of their maximal heart rates, but the duration of the exercise was unimportant (Roig et al., 2012).

Based on this study, one should shoot first and condition, scrimmage, or play pickup games second during the offseason in order to retain the improvements.

By Brian McCormick, PhD
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League
Author, The 21st Century Basketball Practice and Fake Fundamentals

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