How does strength training relate to sports performance?

Strength training can often mimic movements that are completed in sports.  For example, if you are a basketball player and need to gain inches on your vertical leap then completing exercise such as box jumps may help you to achieve this goal.  Each sport has specific movements and exercise, especially strength training can assist in helping you make gains in your specific sport.  One very important thing to remember will be to keep your body balanced.  Do not focus solely on movements for that sport or do not just focus on strength training.  Be sure to keep your body balanced and add in flexibility training and some cross-training to keep yourself prepared for all obstacles.

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