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Anatomy of the Euro-Step
Transcript of Anatomy of the Euro-Step
Made famous in the United States by Manu Ginobili and Dwayne Wade
The Euro Step
The Euro Step is a term for a basketball move in which the offensive player picks up their dribble, takes a step in one direction, and quickly takes the second step in a different direction.
The Euro Step was developed in European basketball and is said to have been brought into the NBA by Šarūnas Marčiulionis and has been made popular by Dwayne Wade and Manu Ginobili. The Euro Step has since been adopted by many American players and college coach John Calipari is known to teach the move.
Course of the Movement
There are three main steps in the actual Euro Step which requires proper function of the muscles and joints to be completed; these include:
Step 1- The drive to the basket while dribbling the ball.
Step 2- Plant one foot down, jump off that one to the other foot in the other direction.
Step 3- Jump off the second foot without planting the first and take the shot.
In conclusion the phases are: the dribbling phase, two-step phase (the actual Euro Step), and the jumping and shooting phase.
Phase 1 - The Dribbling Phase (Wrist)
Major Bones Used: Radius, Ulna, Carpals, Metacarpals
The wrist joint, synovial, is responsible for the flexion and extension of the wrist
Phase 1 - The Dribbling Phase (Elbow)
Main Bones Used: Humerus, Radius, Ulna
Elbow Joint (Synovial) is responsible for flexion, extension, pronation, and supination
Muscles Involved in Phase 1 - The Dribbling Phase
Muscles used include: Deltoid, Biceps, Triceps, Wrist Flexors/Extensors, and Brachioradialis
Phase 2 - The Euro Step (Legs)
Main Bones Used: Pelvis, Femur, Tibia, Fibula, Talus, Metatarsals, Patella, Phalanges
The knee joint is responsible for the flexion/extension of the lower legs.
The hip joint is responsible for for flexion/extension of the upper legs.
Muscles Used in the Euro Step
Left Leg- Sartorius, Pectineus
Right Leg- Biceps Femoris, Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus
These muscles allow for flexion and extension which allow for the Euro Step to be completed.
Phase 3 - Jumping
Main Bones Used: Tibia, Fibula, Metatarsals, Phalanges, Calcaneus
Main Joints Used: Ankle (Plantar Flexion), Hip, Knee
Phase 3 - Jumping
Movement - The player cuts from leg to the other going up for the shot
Muscles Involved For Knee Movement- Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Gluteus Maximus,
Leg Movement- Achilles Tendons, Quadriceps, Femoris, Gluteus Maximus, Latissimus Dorsi, Abdominus Rectus
Phase 3 - Shooting the Ball
Movement- The athlete pulls up from the Euro Step to shoot the ball.
Muscles Used in Shooting the Ball: Biceps, Triceps, Deltoid, Pectoralis Major.
Joints Involved in Shooting the Ball: Elbow Joint, Shoulder Joint, Wrist Joint.
While the Euro Step can be mastered with practice, all systems of the body interact with one another in order for the move to be successful - it may seem simple but it includes a complexity of anatomical movements.
Perfecting the Euro Step
In order to make your Euro Step more devastating you can follow various force propulsion exercises along with strength training to achieve the ultimate goal of an unstoppable Euro Step.
Force Propulsion Exercises Include:
Side-To-Side Low Pogo Jumps
Side-To-Side High Pogo Jumps
Lateral Hurdle-To-Hurdle Jumps
Single Leg Skater Jumps
Lateral Box Jumps
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