VARIABILITY IN BASKETBALL SHOOTING: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS

  • Stuart Miller
Keywords: Basketball shooting, kinematics, electromyography, variability

Abstract

Basketball shooting is a dynamic, multi-segmental skill requiring considerable accuracy. The scientific and coaching literature advocate replication of movement patterns, although the extent to which this is achieved is not known. This also raises the question of whether inaccurate shots are characterised by greater variability than accurate shots. Finally, theoretical considerations suggest that long-range shots would be more variable than would short-range shots. As inaccurate free throws were characterised by greater variability in ball release speed and linear velocity at segment endpoints than accurate shots, coaches should stress the development of a consistent movement pattern. Greater variability in the same variables for long-range shots suggest that a ball release angle close to that requiring the minimum release speed would be advantageous.
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Coaching and Sports Activities