Can Not Playing at Full Speed Actually Make a Player More Fatigued?
I'm thinking this may have to do with the idea of a player's "second wind". But sometimes when I'm playing a full court game of basketball, I feel like I'm running down the court at 85% speed, and the constant acceleration to 85% speed then near immediate deceleration when I hit the other end of the court sometimes seems more tiring than if I were to full-on sprint. Do you think there's anything to this?
My thought has been that an 85% run would not bring about the same stride and leg lift. As such, different muscles, muscles more in line with speed walking or jogging, would be receiving heavy usage as opposed to the fast-twitch, lift-knee-up-high muscles. Essentially, when I'm not directly a part of a play (with the ball, filling a lane on a fast break, or chasing down an opponent as a defender) I feel myself sort of running without picking up my feet, only to slow down like an airplane on a runway (as opposed to stopping on a near dime and cutting about).
So again, my question is, could jogging down the floor during non-action sequences actually be more harmful to your game and fatigue level than pushing hard? I know my legs feel much more lively after I've been sprinting a lot, but a lot of fatigue also seems to occur during the actual sprinting.