Effects of 3 months of full-court and half-court street basketball training on health profile in untrained men

Morten Bredsgaard Randers Thomsen, Marie von Ahnen Hagman, Jonathan Brix, Jesper Frank Christensen, Jens Jung Nielsen, Mogens Theisen Pedersen, Peter Krustrup

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Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate whether street basketball organized as 3 v 3 on either a half court (HC) with 1 basket or a full court (FC) with 2 baskets could improve fitness and health profiles of untrained men after 3 months of supervised training. Methods: Thirty-five untrained men (aged 20–42 years) completed the pre- and post-intervention testing (FC: n = 13, HC: n = 12, CO (control): n = 10). The training attendance was 2.0 ± 0.4 and 1.9 ± 0.3 times per week in FC and HC, respectively. Mean heart rate (HR) was 83.8 ± 6.0 percent of maximal heart rate (%HR max ) and 84.5 ± 2.9 %HR max in FC and HC, respectively. Results: The 3 months of street basketball training on an FC with 2 baskets increased maximal oxygen uptake (2.4 mL/min/kg (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.0–3.9)), time to exhaustion (47 s (95%CI: 26–67)), lean body mass (0.8 kg (95%CI: 0.1–1.5)), and bone mineral density (0.021 g/cm 2 (95%CI: 0.011–0.031)), whereas mean arterial pressure (–5.6 mmHg (95%CI: –7.5 to 3.7)), body fat percentage (–1.6%, (95%CI: –2.5 to –0.7)), heart rate (–18 bpm (95%CI: –24 to –12)), and blood lactate (median: –1.4 mmol/L (interquartile range: –1.5 to –0.6)) during submaximal running were lowered. The changes were less pronounced after the training period when playing on an HC with 1 basket, but increases in maximal oxygen uptake (1.6 mL/min/kg (95%CI: –0.1 to 3.3)), time to exhaustion (28 s (95%CI: 9–47)), lean body mass (1.3 kg (95%CI: 0.3–2.4)), and lower body fat percentage (–0.9% (95%CI: –1.9 to –0.1)) were observed in this group. Conclusion: Three months of 3 v 3 street basketball training improved fitness and led to broad-spectrum improvements in variables related to overall health profile, with the most marked effects observed when playing on an FC with 2 baskets.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sport and Health Science
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)132-138
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

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ER importeret fra Scopus 08.05.18/Jette
NB! Available online 11 September 2017, men overflyttet til 2018 af mig 08.05.18/Jette


  • Blood pressure
  • Body composition
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Maximal oxygen uptake
  • Muscoloskeletal fitness
  • Physical demands
  • Small-sided games
  • Team sport

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