The NBA Finals have stretched all the way to game 6 today with some of the finest elite athletes in the world from the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers playing off for the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.
Cleveland superstar Lebron James will be looking to square the playoffs in search for his third championship. James has won two NBA championships (2012, 2013), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, two NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). Standing at over 2m tall and weighing in at over 110kg James is considered one the most skilful and powerful players to have ever played, and will serve as the X factor once again as the Cavaliers look to pinch the title.
At every level basketball requires a combination of skill, speed, agility, strength, power, and endurance. It combines short spurts of sprinting, jumping, and sudden changes of direction. From mid-week social to players, to the kids on a Saturday morning, to the stars of the NBA, basketball requires a strong level of mobility, stability, and co-ordination to limit the chance of injury and heighten the sense of enjoyment and performance potential.
In 2012 The Nike Basketball Pro Training Camp brought together some NBA’s best athletes including Lebron James and some of Nike’s most-trusted performance advisors including Keith D’Amelio, Paul Winsper, and Lee Burton from Functional Movement Systems. The goal of the camp was to explore opportunities to improve athletic performance of some of the most accomplished basketball players in the world. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) was an important component and remains an important part of an NBA players pre-season. It assesses a player’s fundamental movement patterns and helps determine their initial program and possible areas for injury.
“The first thing we did before we even thought about what we’re doing from a training perspective was our assessments. That allowed us to take each individual athlete and treat them as an individual athlete.” – Keith D’Amelio
The Absolute Health & Performance Group provides a private and supportive environment to achieve your health and fitness goals. Absolute Health & Performance Coaches and Health Practitioners regularly use movement screens such as the FMS to help determine programs goals, to limit the potential for injury, and create greater outcomes. Come in and see us to ensure you are screened correctly to maximise you training and recovery through a tailored approach.
Written by Massage Therapist James Meredith – Massage Therapy Melbourne CBD