The purpose of the study is to find out the effect of basketball specific plyometric training protocol on selected
offensive and defensive skills in basketball. To achieve the purpose, thirty women basketball players were randomly
selected as subjects. The age of the subjects were ranged between 18 to 25 years. The selected subjects were assigned into two groups of 15 subjects each. Group I underwent specific plyometric training for three days per week for twelve weeks and group II acted as control. Among the offensive and defensive skills in basketball, shooting ability and defensive movement were selected as criterion variables. The plyometric training was selected as independent variable. The shooting ability and defensive movement were assessed by speed spot shooting test and defensive movement test respectively. All the subjects of two groups were tested on selected dependent variables at prior to and immediately after the training programme. The data was analyzed using Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The .05 level of confidence was fixed as the level of significance to test the “F” ratio obtained by the analysis of covariance, which was considered as an appropriate. The results of the study showed that the basketball specific plyometric training for twelve weeks is more effective in increasing the shooting ability and defensive movement of male basketball players.
Keywords: Specific Plyometric Training, Shooting ability and Defensive movement.