The Effect of Free Throw Training in Practice on Free Throw Percentage in Games
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Type of Work28 p.
action research papers
ProgramMasters of Education
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Free throw (Basketball) -- Research
Physical education and training -- Research
School sports -- Research
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a set of practice techniques (pre-shot routines and breathing techniques) on overall free throw shooting percentage in games. The study included 9 African American, female college basketball players between the ages of 18 and 21. The researcher designed an intervention in which players were taught pre-shot routines and breathing techniques over a seven-week period. The researcher did not design any new instruments for use in the study. Players’ free throws were observed in the normal manner by the school’s sports information director. The study consisted of a pretest/posttest design to compare data from November 2009 (before the intervention was administered) to data from February 2010 (after the intervention was complete). An increase was observed when comparing the number of free throw attempts prior to the intervention to the number attempted afterwards; however, there was a decline in successful completions. While there are different techniques that can be used to improve free throw shooting, it is still important that players practice on a consistent basis taking shots that would be taken in an actual game.