Coach Randal S. Doaty
If you are an athlete who is serious about developing your basketball skills, you will need to understand the science of “muscle memory”. This is your conscious ability to repeat specific, mechanical muscle motions with precision. This is what allows certain players to become incredible foul shooters. Muscle memory is one key to peak athletic performance.
Muscle memory doesn’t occur magically. It occurs as a result of repetition – repeating the same muscle action again and again. It is all about proper practice. If you repeat improper muscle actions repeatedly you will have programmed your muscles to automatically perform the wrong motion. All practice does not make perfect! This is one reason you should consult basketball skill coaches to make sure your muscles are programmed properly.
If repetitive muscle movement was the only prerequisite for developing and acquiring basketball skills, everyone would be stars. Muscle memory develops slowly but can be lost very quickly. Fortunately, once you have had a particular muscle memory skill, it doesn’t take as long to get it back. However, it is well worth the practice to keep a skill rather than expending energy to relearn the muscle motion.
Muscle memory is also affected by your focus and attitude. One of the most interesting aspects of Focus & Attitude Coaching is the ebb and flow of basketball skills associated with the mental aspect of the game. All of your investment in muscle memory development through practice can be lost if you haven’t learned how to properly maintain your focus and attitude during a basketball contest. This mind and body connection is what makes sports exciting!