Science of Sport

Basketball Journal

Week 1 –

Hydration – inside vs outside play

Needed for muscle endurance. Before, during & after.

Week 2 –

3 basic measurements

distance [m]

time [s]

mass [kg]

elements of game related to distance: court size, free throw line distance from hoop, height of hoop, height of players

elements of game related to time: game time: quarters vs halves, time outs, time to get ball past half court, time to inbounds play, halftime, shot clock

elements of game related to mass: weight of ball: female vs male, mass of players

Newton’s Laws:

Force – as a rebound occurs, the player pulls the ball towards himself; the bigger mass of the player allows more force to be applied.