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The Sport Digest - ISSN: 1558-6448

volume 11 number 4

Basketball Conditioning

Strength and fitness training is considered as one of the primary tasks that all college basketball coaches must thoroughly plan and execute. Experts have obtained useful information regarding players’ general physiological characteristics (i.e. VO2max = 50-65 m/kg/min, & %body fat = 8-15%) and energy system utilization (60-75% on anaerobic system). Experts’ findings and suggestions can help coaches properly prepare their players under the principle of training in specificity.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association: Academics vs. Athletics


Recently the NCAA has experienced a proliferation of rules violations perpetrated by NCAA Division I basketball coaches. This article will provide an overview of the NCAA’s structure within which such violations persist and a brief exploration into its system in which financial rewards are tied to winning. It is this pursuit of financial gain that has led to the erosion of the foundational educational motives of intercollegiate athletics and to consequential NCAA violations.

Sport: Grounded in Science

One can see that physical training for sport-performance today, has become very scientific. Coaches and athletes must have a thorough understanding of human movement, the biomechanics and the physiology involved and how these scientific concepts and factors apply specifically to sport-performance

Architectural Design and Game Day Considerations For New or Retrofitted Sport Venues

While security in sport and athletic stadiums and arenas has always been a top priority for event and facility managers, the horrific events of September 11, 2001 have thrust this issue to the forefront of every athletic agenda to ensure the safety of all spectators, participants and facility staff members. Each year faculty and students in the Sport Management and Recreation Department at Springfield College, MA the “Birthplace of Basketball,” embark on a research project in an effort to assist practitioners in athletics, recreation and sport. Listed below are design considerations that have been generated as a result of a nationwide research project on stadium and arena security.

Servant-Leadership and Sport Management

The phrase that monks use that for spiritual reading is lectio divina. Literally, it means divine reading, but it involves a great deal more than mere reading. It motivates the reader to achieve his/her four levels of mental activity which are information, knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The wisdom of leadership is not just what happens when you are there, it is what happens when you are not there. Characteristically, leaders must win the trust and respect of their team members. They excel at empowering task members or employees and letting them know what they do is important. A successful leader finds a way to get the job done. She/he is a team player and leads by example, both personally and professionally. Leaders find, understand, and share the knowledge. They are good communicators and motivators. Who could have all of these professional and personal leadership qualities? Although it sounds like an impossible task to perform and excel in becoming and being a sports administrator who possesses all these qualities of information, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, respect, team player, motivator, and communicator, there is now hope. That hope is found and developed through the philosophy and practice of “servant leadership.”