Coach Randal S. Doaty
Stamina is our ability to perform over extended periods of time. It requires excellent physical conditioning and nutrition. The longer you can stay in a basketball game and run at top speed, the better we consider your stamina. Most people would think that speed is the only real benefit of stamina. In reality, your physical stamina will affect every part of your basketball game.
The physiological reality of stamina comes down to oxygen. The ability of your heart and lungs to supply the necessary oxygen to the muscles and brain is really a key in peak athletic performance. As the oxygen levels to your muscles and brain decrease, the efficiency of your muscles and brain decrease proportionally. An athlete who is experiencing physical and mental fatigue has deprived their muscles and brain of the necessary oxygen.
As a Focus & Attitude Coach, I get to watch real time on my computer screen as the correlation between player performance and stamina play out on the court. The BIMPS4 software was designed to collect instantaneous performance data to detect fatigue through decreasing levels of player performance. It also becomes evident as mental mistakes occur because of oxygen deprivation due to fatigue, fear and other factors.
The mental part of basketball has many different facets. In my experience, the top performing basketball players are often those with the greatest physical stamina. They have the ability to stay in the game. Their muscle memory is peak and their mental acuity is excellent. If you hope to be a great basketball player, developing your physical stamina through cardio exercise is essential before, during and after basketball season.