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The Organizational Structure, Roles, and Responsibilities of an Elite-Level Basketball Coaching Staff

Bryan A. McCullick, Ashton Dooley, Paul Schempp, and Tiffany Isaac

staffs, the purpose of this study was to investigate the organizational: (a) structure and (b) roles and responsibilities of an elite-level basketball coaching staff. Specifically, the study was guided by the following research questions: (a) What is the organizational structure of an elite

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Traumatic Achilles Tendon Rupture in a Female College Basketball Player

Christina Davlin and Jody Jenike


To present the case of a Division I female college basketball player with a complete Achilles tendon rupture.


A 19-year-old, female college basketball player ruptured her right Achilles tendon during preseason conditioning. She had no previous history of heel cord symptoms.


The athlete underwent open surgical repair of Achilles tendon. The athlete successfully progressed through a functional rehabilitation program focused on early mobilization and weight bearing. The rehabilitation program was continually modified to address deficiencies and to keep the athlete actively engaged. She was cleared for full, unrestricted activity 15 weeks and 3 days after surgery and returned to game participation in 16 weeks.


This case provides evidence that early mobilization and weight bearing can be used while still protecting the repaired tendon.

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ACTN3 R577X Polymorphism and Explosive Leg-Muscle Power in Elite Basketball Players

Nuria Garatachea, Zoraida Verde, Alejandro Santos-Lozano, Thomas Yvert, Gabriel Rodriguez-Romo, Francisco J. Sarasa, Sonsoles Hernández-Sánchez, Catalina Santiago, and Alejandro Lucia


To determine the association of the ACTN3 R577X polymorphism with leg-muscle explosive power in Spanish (white) elite basketball players and controls.


100 (60 men) elite basketball players (cases) and 283 nonathletic controls.


The authors assessed power performance by means of the vertical-squat and countermovement-jump tests.


Genotype distributions did not differ between groups (cases: 37.0% [RR], 42.0% [RX], and 21.0% [XX]; controls: 31.8% [RR], 49.8% [RX], and 18.4% [XX]; P = .353). The authors did not observe any effect of the ACTN3 R577X polymorphism on study phenotypes in either group, including when they performed the analyses separately in men and women. They found no association between the ACTN3 R577X polymorphism and the likelihood of being an elite basketball player using the dominant or the recessive model, and the results remained unaltered when the analyses were adjusted for sex, weight, height, and age or when performed for men and women separately.


Although the ACTN3 R577X is associated with explosive muscle performance and this phenotype is important in the sport of basketball (ie, during jumps), the authors found no association with leg explosive power in elite basket players or with the status of being this type of athlete.

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Shooting Free Throws Under Pressure: A Social Media Self-Talk Intervention

Sabrina Gomez Souffront, Angeliki M. Mavrantza, and Marcelo Bigliassi

Dealing with high-pressure situations is commonplace in the realm of sport. Basketball players, for example, deal with multifarious sources of stress during a professional match ( Petway et al., 2020 ). This sport modality is generally characterized by uncertain and dynamic environments, forcing

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A Case Study of Factors Influencing Performance in the Practice Environment

Steve M. Smith, Stewart T. Cotterill, and Hazel Brown

-environment sample of an AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) basketball team operating in a U.K. sixth-form college (equivalent to American high school age) competing in the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL). The EABL has 15 competing teams, but the study of a single practice environment

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An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Coach Perceptions in the Practice Environment

Steve M. Smith, Stewart T. Cotterill, and Hazel Brown

by Smith, Cotterill, and Brown ( 2019 ). Smith et al. explored the perceptions of an academy basketball team and associated staff by assessing their experiences of what they believed to positively or negatively influence performance in the practice environment. Smith et al. ( 2019 ) offered a

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Investigation of Body Awareness Level and Performance Emotional Status of Athletes in Different Branches of Sports

Arzu Erden and Murat Emirzeoğlu

field. The hypotheses of the study were that: H1: Body awareness and PES level are different in the 4 different sports of football, basketball, swimming, and handball. H2: Body awareness and emotional performance are correlated in the 4 branches of football, basketball, swimming, and handball. Methods

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The Effects of Cluster-Set and Traditional-Set Postactivation Potentiation Protocols on Vertical Jump Performance

Antonio Dello Iacono, Marco Beato, and Israel Halperin

fatigue and optimize the potentiation effects. The purpose of this study is to compare a PAP protocol using jump squats with OPL performed in a cluster-set configuration to a traditional-set configuration on countermovement jump (CMJ) heights among professional male basketball players. Methods Subjects A

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Labor’s Denial: A Case Study of How Labor Used the Media and Public Relations to Block the First NBA–ABA Merger Attempt

William B. Anderson

The owners of professional basketball teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the American Basketball Association (ABA) wanted to merge the 2 leagues because a war between them over players had led to escalating salaries. The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) responded with a lawsuit to block the merger citing antitrust regulations. When the owners went to Congress to ask for a special antitrust exemption, they were denied. This case study discusses the impact of communication on legislative lobbying, specifically how the NBPA used direct and indirect lobbying techniques to block the first NBA–ABA merger attempt. This case study offers a means to understand how and why some entities succeed in their public debates, while others fail. For the scholar, this case study adds to the limited literature on legislative lobbying from a communication perspective. For the practitioner, this study provides some guidelines for the effective use of lobbying.

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Basketball’s Black Tax? An Examination of Historically Black College and University Men’s Basketball Guarantee Game Compensation

Willis A. Jones and Wayne L. Black

On November 8, 2019, the men’s basketball team from Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), a historically Black university (HBCU) located in Itta Bena, Mississippi, traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a game against The University of Utah. On paper, the game appeared to be a mismatch. The