Basketball Jeopardy: Elevate Your Offseason
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
16h ago
Jeopardy Game Template from JeopardyLabs! Lagniappe. Work on acceleration, deceleration, lateral movement   Make sure your change of direction days include the following components: 1) Lateral Movement 2) Backwards Movement 3) Acceleration + Deceleration 4) Non Linear + Linear Movement 5) Resisted Non Linear Movement Great work as always by receiver @Mike_Dietrich2 pic.twitter.com/4VnmnsvlzB — Keith Ferrara (@keithjferrara) April 13, 2024 ..read more
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Basketball: Ankle Injury Prevention
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
2d ago
Every serious basketball player has suffered an ankle injury - rolled, tweaked, wrecked.    Public domain image, lateral ankle. Note the broad band (anterior talofibular ligament) toward the mid/back that is often injured during sprains (rolled ankle).  Link to National Library of Medicine article on injury prevention Key points/quotes: "External prophylactic supports and preventive exercise programs are effective for reducing the risk of ankle sprains in both uninjured and previously injured populations. Ankle bracing appears to offer the best outcomes in terms of cost and ris ..read more
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Basketball and Life Achievement
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
3d ago
Everyone is a critic. If you don't win the title, you're a bum. If you don't win the title twice (e.g. Doc Rivers), you're a bum. Talk about a crowded trade. Think again. Learn the Achievement Equation: ACHIEVEMENT = PERFORMANCE x TIME Few of us are single-minded in our pursuit of daily excellence. Why? It's exhausting, 'soul-crushing'. It distorts work-life balance. And the search can disappoint, like Hemingway's Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea as he pursues the great fish.  Consider rethinking the Achievement Equation. Restate it as:  ACHIEVEMENT = APPLIED GROWTH x TIME Ap ..read more
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Basketball: Misconceptions
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
4d ago
"I'm a salesman." - Chuck Daly Be an archeologist unearthing treasure. You have to move a lot of dirt to find artifacts.  "I got this." Get a grip, Coach. Winning is hard; that's the value. "You have to scratch and claw and it never f–king ends. And it doesn’t get better, it just gets harder. So don’t complain to me that I’m making your life hard. You don’t even know what that means." - Deborah Vance in Hacks, Episode 2 Rowing is easy. The sign in the UNC Women's Soccer locker room reads, Excellence Is Our Only Agenda. It takes commitment and belief to win over twenty national titles ..read more
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Basketball: Six Packs of Books, Quotes, and Concepts
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
5d ago
In his MasterClass, Michael Lewis shares that he plays the same music, over and over, while writing his books (Liar's Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Undoing Project, The Big Short, Coach, and more).   Graphic from MasterClass Lewis informs us that his playlist is "embarrassing."   We need our playlist of absolutes... Include our "Desert Island six books," six quotes, and six concepts. Is lack of knowledge the problem or lack of adherence? Six Books (Desert Island) t Game Changer Basketball: Multiple Offense and Defense  Practical Modern Basketball Leadershi ..read more
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Basketball: Tryouts, Transformation, and Mythical Beasts
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
6d ago
The ponies assembled on the baseline awaiting instructions. Ponies with pony legs and eager eyes, preparing to run as ponies do.   The trainer, overseeing, projected the future, imagining horses and hoping beyond hope that someday one pony might become a unicorn.  "Do your best. Have fun. Two laps around the court and do not cut corners." Winners do not cut corners.  A few ponies galloped around the gym, others trotted, and a few lumbered. Some cut corners despite the admonition not to.  Dribble the arc. "This is the 'three-point line', the sp ..read more
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Basketball: "You're Nobody..."
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
1w ago
"You're nobody until somebody hates you." - Thomas Wolfe  "You're nobody." I have no problem with that. I've played against a former NBA player (Ron Lee). I took two charges against him. It still hurts over fifty years later. I've played (basketball) against NFL players. Brian Dowling knocked me into the cheap seats making a layup. "B.D., I made the free throw." I had a one day tryout for the Cincinnati Reds. Didn't go well. Ergo, medical school and an old man coaching middle school girls for two decades.   I am nobody, writing daily about basketball. "Tell the truth." Which tru ..read more
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Basketball: Make Listening a Superpower
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
1w ago
Charles Barkley asks, "what is your NBA skill?" There's an essential that everyone can improve - listening. Listening skills translate into every facet of life - relationships, school, work, extracurricular activities.  "The first price achievers pay is to pay attention."  Post by @blake_bookclub View on Threads Listening is trainable. Interviewers ask for more information: "Tell me more." "...and then what?" "Can you clarify that for me?"  You might say, "that won't make me a better shooter or a better athlete." Here's an analogy, 'attention deficit disorder'. The patie ..read more
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Basketball: Find the Lesson
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
1w ago
"All you paid is the looking price. Lessons are extra."  What's the analogy? Think hard about that for a minute.  Card players hold their cards "close to the vest." They don't show you everything. You might hold a setter dump, a cut shot, a slide attack, or a shoot for the right moment. What separates elite players is their ability to "take over" a game when it's needed.  What's your conclusion? Expertise comes at a price. Experience has another price. Mastery costs the most.  San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich says, "pound the rock." He also says, "you can't skip step ..read more
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Basketball: "I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally" and Triple Bonuses
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by Ron Sen, MD, FCCP
1w ago
When someone tells us, "you're great" or "you're terrible" or "you're a bad person," don't believe them. Award ourselves truth, especially ignoring hurtful words.  The second agreement of The Four Agreements is "Don't Take Anything Personally." Why? "The words and actions of others are more a reflection of their own reality than of ours."  Criticism has different intents. Constructive criticism suggests specific improvements. In 'driver ed' the instructor advises you to stay at least a car length behind for every ten miles per hour to allow stopping ..read more
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