Basketball and Its Greatest Players (Inside Sports) by Sherman Hollar

By Sherman Hollar

Drawing crowds for its screens of either uncooked athleticism and extraordinary showmanship, basketball has turn into some of the most interesting spectator activities within the usa, in addition to the realm. gamers well known for his or her maneuverability and skill—“Air” Jordan and his vintage acrobatic strikes, for instance—have intensified the extent of pageant in expert leagues and encouraged daily lovers to “shoot hoops” in pleasant video games. This attractive quantity examines the historical past and evolution of basketball and a few of its such a lot influential gamers.

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The plateau, they conjectured, might be a period during which that particular phase of the skill was on automatic and no active learning occurred. The ability of humans to learn and improve performance of neuromuscular and mental tasks with practice has been recog‐ nized since antiquity. However, this study was among the first to begin to decipher the process by which such learning occurs. The authors espoused two principles. First, they stated that the active, attention-focused task becomes automatic with time and requires no conscious focus.

But just what the thickening of myelin on nerve axons has to do with improving tennis tech‐ nique is far from clear. Daniel Coyle’s contentions in The Talent Code that “tennis players . . get better by gradually improving timing and speed and accuracy . . 4 To date, no research has demonstrated increased myelin formation in response to physical practice in either animals or humans. Even if this were observed, the di‐ lemma of whether this was caused by, or simply a response to, the training effect would be difficult to sort out.

12 Better evidence for the contribution of cortical alterations to motor plasticity comes from studies that measured brain changes over the actual time course of training. Such longitu‐ dinal studies are few but still support this influence. 5 These images indicated that gray matter density in brain areas that are important for juggling (intraparietal sulcus and the human movement territory) increased with training. However, a repeat MRI scan performed three months after juggling practice ended showed that the brain areas in question had re‐ verted back to their pretraining dimensions.

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