Plyometrics (jump training) can help improve your jumping ability; but remember, high amounts of jumping can lead to injuries. Be careful of the reps, sets, and the surface you are jumping on for your training.
Just like other sports, weight training is important to maintain strength and become more explosive when jumping. Under the right supervision, a basketball player can gain inches on their vertical by incorporating Squats, Deadlifts and Hamstring Strengthening into your program.
Many basketball players feel that weight training will make them “BULK UP”, but with the right program design you will maintain strength and power without getting too big to inhibit your skills.
The best basketball players don’t just have skills, they have stamina! Endurance training will help you stay ahead of your opponents.
Proper eating habits will help fuel your body for a game. It is important to eat something at least 1-2 hours before a game to allow your body to digest. It should be 50% carbs, have a moderate amount of protein, and be low in fat . Stay away from foods that are fried or high in fat content, as they will make you feel sluggish. Remember to hydrate before playing as well, with 20 oz of water 2 hours before, 16 oz of water 1 hour before and 8 oz of water 20 minutes before game.