In March, three years after sending Jeremy Lin to the NBA, the Crimson won a game in the NCAA tournamentâ€”a first for Harvardâ€”when they beat New Mexico in the first round. â€śWith basketball, you donâ€™t even realize youâ€™re getting this great full-body workout because itâ€™s such a social event,â€ť says athletic trainer Craig Fafara, who adds that the game also helps players develop â€śhand-eye coordination, balance, and mental toughness.â€ť
Those with a history of ankle sprains should stick to higher-cut shoes. Faster players gravitate toward a lower cut, which allows for better movement.
â€śBasketball is so much more than just a workout. It builds teamwork, communication skills, and leadership.â€ť
Off the Court
Nimble feet and vertical leap separate the A team from the B team. Do box jumps, raw jumps, line hops, and footwork ladder exercises as part of your daily routine. Olympic liftingâ€”think front squats, cleans, bench presses, and step-upsâ€”will develop strength and explosiveness. Lift with a partner two to three times a week, and record weight progression in a journal. Every month, evaluate whether exercises and weights need to be increasedâ€”jumping included.
Cambridge Athletic Association Leagues
Individual entries start at $150 (team entries start at $950), cacbasketball.com.
A- and B-league competition for coed and single-sex teams.
Check out “Home Team Workouts” to find out how other college teams in Boston get fit.
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