Dawes, J. J., M, M., & Spiteri, T. (2016). Relationship between pre-season testing performance and playing time among NCAA DII basketball players. Sports and Exercise Medicine, 2 (2), 47-54.
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between pre-season testing performance and playing time within a men’s Division II basketball team.
Methods: Archival data from pre-season athletic performance testing for ten (n=10) male NCAA Division II basketball players was collected and analyzed to determine if there was a relationship between anthropometric data (height, weight, wingspan), physical performance tests (vertical jump height, lane agility test, 5 and 20 m sprint time, National Basketball League (NBA) line drill and 20 m multi-stage fitness test (MSFT)), and playing time in the subsequent collegiate season.
Results: Pearson’s product moment correlations revealed significant correlations were observed between playing time and predicted 1-RM bench press (r≥0.71) and 1-RM back squat (r≥0.74). Conclusion: These results reveal the importance of upper and lower body strength to determine playing time for Division II basketball players. Based on these results, coaches should emphasize the importance of resistance training to develop upper and lower body strength to increase playing time in Division II collegiate athletes.
basketball; strength; pre-season testing; playing time; collegiate sports.