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EFFECT OF A TRAINING PROGRAM ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF BASKETBALL PLAYERS' DECISION MAKING

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Author(s): Francisco Alarcu00F3n | David Cu00E1rdenas | M. Teresa Miranda | Nuria Ureu00F1a | Maria Isabel Piu00F1ar | Elisa Torre

Journal: Revista de PsicologĂ­a del Deporte
ISSN 1132-239X

Volume: 18;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 403;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to analyse whether a tactical training program based on a constructivist model can improve decision making related to keeping control of the ball for a men's senior basketball team composed of ten players. The dependent variables were: player distribution around the ball, and achieving support on both sides of the ball at an effective passing distance. Data collection was made through observational analysis utilizing a previously validated tool. A pretest-posttest design without a control group was used. Results demonstrated an improvement in decision making after the posttest for both the number of support players near the player with the ball, as it increased from 85% in the pretest to 100% in the posttest, and the number of collective or team actions around the player with the ball (from 5% to 76.5%) with highly significant differences. The primary conclusion is that a training program for teaching team tactics based on a constructivist model has a positive influence on players' capability to facilitate the pass to their teammates.
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