Basketball players have a reputation for being some of the most athletic individuals across all sports. Tall, big, fast, and agile, they seem to have it all. Joe Abunassar started off as a basketball coach before broadening his skillset to include strength and conditioning, skills training, and more. Now his team at Impact Basketball helps prepare athletes for all aspects of the game. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss the physical needs of basketball, preparing athletes for them, and how skills training and physically training are linked.
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Joe Abunassar began his career coaching alongside legendary Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight at Indiana and also coached at other NCAA schools. In 2006, he founded Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California now training over 200 NBA professionals, men’s and women’s national teams, McDonalds and NCAA All-Americans, foreign professionals, as well as numerous talented youth players.
- 3:00 – Background and evolution of Impact Basketball.
- 7:30 – A holistic approach to training and coaching basketball players.
- 10:00 – Working with team coaches as an outside trainer.
- 14:30 – The role of strength training in basketball: “Strength is really about driving weight, controlling your body and keeping yourself healthy. “
- 18:15 – The value of staying healthy.
- 19:45 – What separates the good from great basketball players: “If someone is telling me their vertical is up, that’s great, but does that relate to basketball movement? Basketball is about changing speeds. “
- 26:00 – How to balance jumping in the gym with jumping on the court.
- 28:00 – Integrating on- and off-court training: “Basketball players might like to lift weights, but rarely love it. So you have to be efficient in your approach to the weight room and transfer to work on to the court. “
- 30:00 – Motor learning and developing shooting skills: “Basketball players all release differently, but the consistent thing is the footwork and balance. “
- 36:00 – Lessons from training for the Ironman.
- 44:00 – Expanding the NBA.
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- We also talked about basketball with Lachlan Penfold while he was working with the Golden State Warriors on Episode 62. We also talked with longtime USA Basketball athletic trainer Ed Ryan on GAINcast 131.