Tuesday, 13 December 2011


I have just heard that one of my first scientific papers on baskeball has been translated into Italian by the Associazione Preparatori Fisici Italiani Pallacanestro (the Italian Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association). How good is that! You can now see the Italian version “Composizione corporea e carico di allenamento nel basket” (November 2011) on the APFIP website. I decided to write this post because I think it is a great thing that the paper is now accessible to speakers of one more language.

The article was based in a tool developed by me and Sergio Sánchez-Pérez “Pinzas”, who had the initial idea. The original article was entitled “Body composition and training load in basketball: a direct connection in the high level” and was written by me, S&C coach “Pinzas” and sports doctor José Fernando Jiménez-Díaz. It was originally written in Spanish, only the title and the abstract being written in English (a big sorry, fellas!). Basically, we developed a tool to control the training load in a professional Spanish basketball team (Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada S.A.D.) during the season 2005-2006. Each drill was assigned a training load value and, at the end of the session, the aggregated training load of all drills represented the session training load. The training load recorded was correlated with the anthropometric measurements performed during the season. The paper was published in 2008 in the journal EFDeportes. Revista Digital, with ISSN 1514-3465. This is the article’s whole reference:

Below is the abstract in English for those of you who are interested:

Size, structure and body proportions, as well as body composition, are important factors related to sport performance in basketball. The aims of this research on high level basketball players were, firstly, to describe the development of their body composition along the season, and secondly, to link these changes with the training load. Cineanthropometry and training load were monthly measured in 9 basketball players from an ACB League team (age: 28.67 ± 4.06, weight: 97.67 ± 9.64 kg and height: 198.67 ± 7.94 cm). The annual means of fat percentage and lean percentage were 11.7 ± 2.76% and 47.96 ± 3.22%, respectively. A direct (low) correlation of these variables with the training load was noticed. Measuring the body composition of basketball players can be a useful and simple tool as a method of training load control and assessment.

Since then, the tool has been used by “Pinzas” with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada S.A.D. and C.B. Granada, two Spanish professional teams competing in the ACB League (the highest Spanish division). I myself have also used the tool with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada S.A.D. and Fundación 6,25 in Spain, as well as with Manchester Mystics Women’s Basketball Club, Leeds Carnegie Women’s Basketball Club, the North West Under 17 Women’s Basketball Squad and the Great Britain Under 20 Women’s Basketball Team. Finally, Spanish S&C coach José Fernández also made use of our tool with Mersey Tigers, a British Basketball League team, during the season 2010-2011.

What is more important, six years after the creation of the tool and thanks to all my previous experiences in teams with a wide range of age, both genders and different levels, I have modified, improved and validated the tool. I promise to share with you the new findings and the tool’s new version very soon. So if you are interested in controlling and monitoring the training load in baskeball, keep an eye in this blog!

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