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Can I play basketball in addition to my jump training?

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Published on May 21, 2012

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Is It OK for Other Activities While Vertical Jump Training?

Tuan Mai has another question, so Tuan Mai asked this question, which a lot of you have asked this same question,

"Is it OK for me to be playing pickup games of basketball while doing jump training? Sometimes I play ball on off days."

So that question can really be applied for a lot of things. The question is, can you play your sport and also do the training. So, that is kind of a complicated question, why? Because we all have different capacities to do training, for example, I might be able to train two hours a day and also go play a game of basketball and my body is able to recover fine. Joe Blow might be able to do four hours of training.

That can depend on how well you are sleeping, how good your diet is, how hard you're training, how much experience you have, so all of these things are going to dictate how much training and extracurricular activities you could be doing.

Secret To Playing Sports While Vertical Jump Training

The secret to knowing that is, TRACKING. You have to track. What you do, is simply do this, obviously the best answer is to track using our mobile app, track all of your exercises and you will be able to see if you are getting stronger, if you are getting more explosive, it will be obvious to you, but if you can't or if you are too lazy or whatever.

At a very minimum track your performance on your standing vertical leap, if you can't do that, track it on your standing long jump. Track some type of performance every single day and if you see that performance is going down you will probably need to recover more and that you are doing too much activity.

So I would recommend that you track, at a very minimum, one explosive activity and one strength activity. So that could be your squat and your standing vertical leap.

Check Your Jumping Results For Answers

If you are seeing that you are getting stronger and you are jumping higher, you can continue with whatever activities you are doing because you are able to recover from it. If you are see that your strength is going down, if you see that you are not jumping as higher that is your cue that maybe you have too much activity on your plate and training economy requires you to cut down somewhere and/or improve your diet, improve your sleeping patterns, and improve your recovery techniques.

So the answer is yes, many of you can play basketball on days you work out, on off days and that is fine. The answer is tracking, try and track two things. One explosive thing like plyometric jumping and another one like a strength event like squatting when you track those results and you see a change and you see that you're not going up or you're down or whatever, that will be your cue and so if you want to use our mobile app. Which a lot of people are loving right now, you can use it on your android or blackberry, whatever phone you may have, it is www.jumpmanual.com/coaching.html. Hope this answers your question. Talk to you later.

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