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How Miami Heat players keep fit in off-season

Q. Congratulations on the Miami Heat winning the NBA Championship again this year. What do you and the players do in the off season to get ready for next year?

Each player has an exit physical where we determine if they have recovered from any injuries or significant orthopedic conditions that need further treatment over the summer.

If treatment is needed, this is obtained as quickly as possible to prevent it impacting on training camp next year. All of our players are evaluated for an off-season conditioning program aimed at addressing any deficiencies they have and using this as a time to improve conditioning.

Depending on the player, strength training, agility training, plyometrics, Pilates, or flexibility training may be incorporated. This is done under the direction of our training and conditioning staff, Jay Sabol, Bill Foran, and Rey Jaffet.

Coaches and scouts put together a summer league team of perspective NBA talents that will play in the summer league in Orlando and Las Vegas. Some of these players may be invited to work out and condition with the team at the start of training camp in October.

Personally, I do not have an off season as I continue to see patients in my regular orthopedic surgery and sports medicine practice at Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Harlan Selesnick is team physician of the Miami Heat and director of Miami Sports Medicine Fellowship, Doctors Hospital. Email your questions to

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