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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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Christina Davlin and Jody Jenike

Objective:

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

Background:

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.

Treatment:

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.

Conclusions:

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

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

Purpose:

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

Participants:

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

Methods:

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

Results:

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.

Conclusions:

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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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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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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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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Thom T.J. Veeger, Annemarie M.H. de Witte, Monique A.M. Berger, Rienk M.A. van der Slikke, Dirkjan (H.E.J.) Veeger and Marco J.M. Hoozemans

Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports with professional competitions at a high level. At these high levels, coaches are always trying to improve the overall game performance of their team, for instance by adjusting tactics and improving performance of individual players

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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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Daniel Wigfield, Ryan Snelgrove, Luke R. Potwarka, Katie Misener and Laura Wood

Point Guard College (PGC) Basketball President Mano Watsa leaned back in his chair as his plane took off to Southern California. He was making one of his frequent visits to a camp PGC Basketball was holding for young aspiring basketball players and coaches. As he settled into his seat, he

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Mahsa Jessri, Maryam Jessri, Bahram RashidKhani and Caryn Zinn

The purpose of this study was to assess the nutrition knowledge and the factors determining this knowledge in Iranian college basketball and football athletes. By highlighting gaps in nutrition knowledge of these athletes, sport nutrition professionals may begin to address these gaps by educating athletes with a view toward minimizing injury and enhancing sport performance. Sixty-six basketball and 141 football players (response rate 78.4%) from 4 medical and 8 nonmedical universities in Tehran agreed to participate in this cross-sectional study. A 2-part questionnaire was used; the first part comprised questions identifying demographic information, and the second part comprised a previously well-validated questionnaire on sport nutrition knowledge. The overall knowledge score was 33.2% (± 12.3%). Men scored 28.2% (± 12.7%), and women, 38.7% (± 14.2%). In both genders, the highest score was obtained for the nutrients subcategory, and the supplements subcategory was the most poorly answered. When compared with their peers, a significantly higher score was obtained by women (p < .001), athletes at medical universities (p < .001), and those obtaining nutrition information from reputable sources (p = .03). The coach was cited by 89.4% of athletes as their main source of nutrition information. This study showed that the sport nutrition knowledge of these athletes is inadequate. Considering that this substandard level of knowledge may contribute to poor dietary behaviors, these athletes would benefit from nutrition-related training and education.