A good height not only boosts the personality of a person but also the self-confidence. Ever wondered why the tallest boy in the class was chosen as the sports representative of your class instead of someone who is small and timid? Height is an important factor in every field of a person’s life.
Short kids are usually asked to play basketball by their friends and family. It is known that playing basketball helps you gain height. In order to get full height gain benefits of the Basketball game, you should actively participate in the sport which means playing the actual game, not just shooting and dribbling the ball.
Now the question is, how does basketball help in increasing the height of the person? We know that Human Growth
Hormone (HGH) is responsible for the growth of an individual. Proper exercising along with proper nutrition and a balanced diet increases the secretion of HGH in the body. Basketball involves dribbling the ball, shooting the ball, jumping and collecting the rebounds and most importantly running. All these activities help in the secretion of HGH. Basketball, when practiced under the supervision of a coach, not only involves the activities above but even various drills and stretches which also help in the secretion of HGH.
Let’s start with the basics of basketball. The primary step is dribbling the ball. Now all humans have one hand that dominates over the other, hence when the ball is dribbled using the dominating hand, it is easier but when it is done using the weak hand it is really difficult to perform the dribble. The primary aim is to improve the dribble, of both the hands. When both the hands are used equal number of time, it helps in stretching both of them equally. This in turn helps in increasing the height. From a basketball player’s point of view, a person should have good control of the ball, when he/she uses either hand, weak or strong, as it helps in avoiding steals from the opponents and gives a good offence.
Second step is to shoot the ball properly. The ball is shot with the help of the fingers of the dominating hand, whilst the other hand is just used to support the position of the ball. It shouldn’t be used in the shooting of the ball as it might deteriorate the direction of the ball. The arm holding the ball should go up straight, and the support of the other hand should be removed, when the arm reaches the top, aka the arm is fully stretched, the ball should be released. Now when a person knows how to shoot well, he/she will notice that the hand of the person is getting stretched properly. This helps in increasing the height of the person.
Third step is jumping to collect rebounds. Even though tall players are assigned the job of collecting the rebounds during the game, all the players are taught how to collect the rebounds. If you are not assigned to collect the rebounds, it doesn’t mean you will not collect them. Rebounding is an important factor in the outcome of the game. Now collecting rebounds is not at all a difficult job. All you have to do is jump and grab the rebound before your rival steals it away. Now when a person is collecting rebounds, he/she is jumping a lot during the practice or the game. Jumping is really beneficial for the growth of the body. Hence this step also helps in increasing the height.
Fourth step is running, with or without ball. You cannot win any sport without running. Running is very important. When you have the ball, you run to score. This way you can beat the defense of opponents. You have to run even without the ball, when your team has the possession, you have to run to cope up with your team mates’ offence, but if you are on the defensive side, you have to run and defend your basket from the opponents. Hence you run a lot in the game. This benefits your body as it stimulates the production of HGH.
When a person knows how to play basketball, there is a huge chance of him/her getting fascinated by dunking the basketball. Dunking is when a person plants the ball in the basket rather than throwing it from far. For that the wrist of the person should be above the rim as it will be impossible to dunk without that. Dunking requires a good jump and good stamina. A positive attitude and willpower can help the person in dunking along with proper jumping exercises. Even an attempt of going above the rim everyday will help you increase the jump. When a person will constantly jump to reach his/her target, it will help in the growth of the body. Jumping is really beneficial if a person wants to increase the height.
Not only the thing mentioned above, but drills and stretches that are performed before or after the game also helped in the proper stretch of the body. The style of the drills varies from coach to coach. For example, there is a drill called German drill in which the players have to run across the court several times. Some of the coaches prefer a different route (Baseline to half court or baseline to three point line) and some prefer different methods (with or without ball).
Overall basketball helps in increasing the height. Jumping involved is the main reason of growth of a person. So if you are looking forward to increase your height, try playing basketball as it will help you increase the height in a fun way. Along with this, proper diet and exercise is necessary to support the growth of the body.