1st Edition

The Science of Basketball

Edited By Alexandru Radu Copyright 2019
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Science of Basketball is the only book to examine the scientific principles underpinning preparation and performance in basketball, applied to both individual and team contexts.

    Drawing on the very latest scientific evidence, and including contributions from leading international coaches and scientists involved in the sport, the book explores every aspect of physical and mental preparation and performance, including:

      • strength and conditioning, and training strategies
      • physiological aspects of performance
      • nutrition and supplementation
      • psychological preparation
      • skill acquisition
      • biomechanical aspects of performance
      • performance analysis
      • injury epidemiology, prevention and rehabilitation
      • coach education

    Incorporating case studies at the end of each chapter to demonstrate how scientific principles can be applied to practice, the book bridges the gap between theory and applied practice in basketball better than any other. It is essential reading for any student, researcher, sport scientist, coach, physiotherapist or clinician with an interest in the game, and illuminative supplementary reading for students of sport science and sports coaching.

    1. Strength and Conditioning for Basketball Players and Teams

    Alejandro Vaquera and Alexandru Radu

    2. Physiology of Basketball Players and Teams

    Christopher Holland

    3. Nutrition for basketball players and teams

    Juan Mielgo Ayuso and Ainhoa Prieto

    4. Psychology for basketball players and teams

    Alexandru V. Stewart Mardan

    5. Wheelchair Basketball

    Miles Thompson and Haj Bhania

    6. Women basketball

    Alexandru Radu and Florin Nini

    7. Medical issues in basketball

    Darren Cooper

    8. Coaching and basketball coach education

    Alexandru Radu

    9. Youth basketball

    Rutenis Paulauskas and Alexandru Radu


    Alexandru Radu is a Senior Lecturer who has a vast teaching experience in the field of sports coaching, sports development and sport management. Currently he is lecturing at the University of Worcester, UK