Cardiovascular disease and exercise

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Analysis of the Free-Throw Shot

When deciding about a movement to study, I thought about many, and very few

interested me. Then I decided to choose something that was very important to me.

Shooting the basketball, and more specifically the technique in performing a free throw. I

thought by looking more closely at the details of a movement I have been doing since a

small child. I thought possibly I could learn something that would give me an advantage

in my shot.

The application of this particular movement is for shooting a free-throw, which is a

stand still uncontested shot. There are a few rules that go with shooting a free-throw,

such as you have to be behind the fifteen foot line, called the free-throw line, and you

can't cross that until after the ball makes contact with the rim.

When performing this skill you should also be aware of the other factors that could

influence your accuracy in performing the free-throw.

The rim is fifteen feet from the

free-throw line on center. Also you should be aware of the fact you can fit three

basketballs through the rim at the same time if placed together. Also the rim is ten feet

high from the floor, meaning you have to make sure win shooting the ball, that the angle is

higher than ten feet at its peak so then on its decent to the basket it will have a chance to

go in. If you don't get it higher than ten feet it has no chance to go in.

When you start talking all these angle's and trajectories, you can begin to understand

why some people are accurate and some are not. Shooting free-throws is not a thing of

chance or luck. It is something that takes repetition. To...