What do Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin have in common?
Heres a hint, its not that theyre basketball superstars.
If you said training, then you are absolutely right. They all train hard to be able to play at their level. Those spectacular moves you see them perform at game-time are, quite simply, a product of countless hours of practice, practice, practice.
But you dont have to be a basketball superstar to handle a basketball effectively. As long as you are willing to put in the time to practice, you will learn how to play like a professional. Practice really does make perfect, after all.
One of the most basic, yet intrinsic skills you will need to learn is how to effectively handle a basketball. Because this is a core skill you will need to master, we shall focus our discussion on ball handling.
Why is basketball handling such a crucial skill? Effective ball handling is necessary to get the ball in the right position to shoot or to pass to a teammate. Being able to maneuver the basketball from one player to the another, until it is in the hands of the open man, spells the difference between winning and losing. In fact, basketball handling fulfills such a vital function that the players with the best ball handling skills are valued assets.
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Drills and training become particularly important because they give the players opportunities to exercise. The kind of physical exertion required for the training also gives them the benefit of maintaining a healthy weight. Doing so, helps lower their risk of developing diseases associated with obesity such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Honing their skills through rigorous training also helps wheelchair basketball players mentally healthy. This is because physical exercise helps reduce their risk of developing anxiety and depression. So engaging in wheelchair basketball, as well as honing their basketball handling skills also has the added advantage of helping these athletes better cope with the mental, emotional, and physical challenges posed by handicapped condition.
So if you or someone you care about is disabled, consider getting them involved in wheelchair basketball. Even if its just as a form of exercise, honing the skills necessary to become adept at wheelchair basketball will benefit them physically as well as mentally.
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