FIBA releases innovative publication for physical preparation of professional 3x3 athletes

5 Apr 2019

MIES (Switzerland) – Multiple 3x3 professionals including players and staff from 3-time FIBA 3x3 World Tour winners Novi Sad (SRB) contributed to the 1st in-depth document about the specific preparation of 3x3 players.

"In just 10 years, FIBA brought a second discipline of basketball from the streets to the Olympics," FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said. "The ambition with 3x3 was to create one of the highest-paced, most entertaining and spectacular disciplines in the world. To achieve this, we came up with a set of rules which were so unique that it required a specific kind of effort, preparation and ultimately, athlete."

The 36-page publication features recommendations for coaches who train 3x3 players and for players who still take care of their training by themselves on how to plan an entire calendar year of 3x3 basketball – including daily physical preparation programs – in order to reach peak form for the climax of the season.

It is based on the results of Dr. Paul Montgomery and Brandon Maloney’s testings of 3x3 national teams and World Tour players in 2015 and 2016 and the specific work of Team Novi Sad, which led to 3 FIBA 3x3 World Tour titles (2014, 2015, 2018).

The digital version also includes videos, which showcase concrete exercises to prepare for the life of a professional 3x3 player.

"I am sure this document will be useful for all 3x3 lovers, including the Olympians of tomorrow," Zagklis added.

The FIBA 3x3 professional season starts in China on April 13-14 with the Wuxi Challenger.