Anyone who plays basketball as their main sport knows how to warm up and get ready for the court. They no doubt have a regular route. They also know how to use exercise to improve their skills and they work at honing them constantly. Running and jumping are the main activities, along with throwing/passing and catching. These are generic movements that become plays when used during a game. Deaf basketball is no different. It utilizes the same regimen in preparation for competition. The only difference might be in the signals given during coaching and play.
That being said, what else is there to train the body for the big game? Yes, you can jog laps or miles and you can go to the gym to build up strength. One of the best pieces of equipment in a basketball player’s gym bag should be a weighted vest. Using one of these will allow you to train your muscles to jump higher when you’re not wearing the vest, by building up the strength in them while you train with the vest on. An overall fit player is going to be a productive and successful one. Sluggards do not belong on the court. If you eschew knee bends, jumping jacks, and chin ups, you are no athlete my friend.
Now I am going to go out on a limb and recommend something really different: dancing. You have seen basketball and football players, not to mention race car drivers and ice skaters, excel on Dancing with the Stars. This goes for every country in which the program airs. There is no conflict between dance moves and athletic ones. In fact, professional dancers are among the most praised athletes in the world. Look at one on stage. They are specimens of pure physical fitness with exercise as their main medium. They got there with hard, sometimes strenuous work. No one says basketball isn’t strenuous. It certainly is, and anything you can do to condition yourself is welcome.
During the off season, if you can’t find a game, you can go right to the dance studio and select your favorite type. Tap dancing is super aerobic to burn calories fast. Ballroom dancing is great for coordination and is highly social. Ballet and contemporary require stamina and muscle tone. Even as a novice, you can benefit from the different types of regimens each style advocates. If you want to buff up your arms, you can work with weights with a trainer. But you can also learn to lift your waltz partner high overhead. Even small men who skate or perform a pas de deux have strength and endurance. Dancing is one way to overcome some special limitations your body displays.
The deaf have also performed as contestants on Dancing with the Stars. They have done very well. They can feel the rhythm of the music through the floor and they learn to count beats. As a musical art, dancing should not deter anyone from the practice as long as they are motivated and can walk on two feet (or use a mobile wheelchair). Dancing becomes a possibility for basketball fans who want a challenge and will take my dare. Find out for yourself why I tout it so much. It will be a real eye opener for most as a form of physical fitness and exercise.