Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2016) 15, 585 - 591

Research article
Accelerometer Load Profiles for Basketball-Specific Drills in Elite Players
Xavi Schelling1, Lorena Torres1,2, 
Author Information
1 Complex Systems in Sport Research Group SGR, National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Lleida, Spain
2 Department of Health and Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Lorena Torres
✉ Department of Health and Kinesiology Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab, Texas A&M University College Station, Texas, USA
Publish Date
Received: 18-02-2016
Accepted: 15-08-2016
Published (online): 01-12-2016
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The purpose of this study was to quantify the workload during basketball-specific drills measured through microtechnology. Twelve professional male basketball players from the Spanish 1st Division were monitored over a 4-week period. Data were collected from 16 sessions, for a total of 95 ± 33 drills per player. Workload data (Acceleration load; AL) were obtained from a tri-axial accelerometer at 100Hz sampling frequency, and were expressed over time (AL.min-1). Comparisons among training drills (i.e., 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5) were assessed via standardized mean differences. Full-court 3v3 and 5v5 showed the highest physical demand (AL.min-1: 18.7 ± 4.1 and 17.9 ± 4.6, respectively) compared with other traditional balanced basketball drills such as 2v2 and 4v4 (14.6 ± 2.8 and 13.8±2.5, respectively). The AL.min-1 on half-court showed trivial-to-moderate differences with a likely increase of ~10-20% in 2v2 drill compared with any other formats. This study provides insight into the specific requirements of a range of exercises typically performed in basketball sessions. The use of accelerometer data is presented as a useful tool in assessing the workload.

Key words: Acceleration, physical demands, training drills, monitoring, team sport

           Key Points
  • Full-court 3v3 and 5v5 showed the highest external workload.
  • The smaller the player, the higher the raw acceleration load.
  • Systematic monitoring during training and competition would likely improve training prescription and periodization.
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