All the exercises joined under this name are regarded as extremely beneficial and effective whenit comes to boosting an individual’s sport performance, especially in such sortsas basketball and soccer. This group is comprised of specificexercises that are aimed at enhancing one’s endurance, coordination of themuscles, agility and, for some and the most important attribute – speed. Therefore, it is no wonder that such athletes as soccer, rugby and basketball players maybenefit from them to an enormous extent. This is the surest way for them toimprove their running speed, jumping, hitting and throwing skills as well. Inorder for all these skills to be on a high level, and as long as possible,sport trainers and coaches are the first ones who introduce the athletes to thisspecial exercising program.
In a nutshell
The exercises knownas plyometric include such activities as speedy jumping, hopping, as well asbounding movements. Since, for example, basketball players must be quick tomove and jump as high as possible; this can be improved and brought to an evenhigher level by doing the plyometric exercises on a regular basis. What these specificexercises also offer a basketball player is the ability to adopt and make theiroverall movement much quicker, boost their body’s flexibility and the allimportant alertness and acuteness.
The most needed andbeneficial exercises from plyometrics group are such as the following:Squat jumps are known to have theability to boost the player’s jumping skills. When performing them, one mustfirst get into the squat position, lower the body so the thighs are parallel incomparison to the floor, and forelegs vertical, i.e. straight. The angle inknees should not be less than 90 degrees. When a person has settled, next to do isjump explosively as high as possible and repeatSlalom jumps. First one ought to drawa line and stand on one side of his/her choice, feet must be kept together eachtime a person jumps from one side of the line all the way to the other, butwithout making any contact with the line whatsoever. This should be done asfast as possible, and should be measured by number of jumps per minuteSplit jumps. A person must take an upright position first, placing hand on the hips, with the left foot in front of theright (distance at least 3 feet). Next is to slowly lower the right knee, allthe way to the point where the distance is 2 inches. Once this done, the person needsto jump vertically and make the leg position switch while in the air.