October 16, 2018

Does Basketball Make You Taller

Everybody knows that basketball players are tall. It’s a huge benefit in the sport. Unless you’re Muggsy Bogues, you’re going to have a tough time out there if you’re under 6-feet tall.

But someone posted a question to me recently that had me thinking, and considering all the content I’ve written about this supplement to grow taller, it really piqued my interest. They asked if basketball can make you grow taller? It’s the old correlation versus causation question.

It got me thinking, so I had to do some research and see if there was any validity to this question.

Can You Grow Taller By Playing Basketball?

At first, I thought there was no way that playing hoops can cause you gain height. Height comes from genetics and activity of the pituitary gland that is responsible for the growth hormones in your body. How can a certain type of sport cause any change to that?

So I did some digging around, and while there is no conclusive evidence that playing basketball makes you taller, there are some theories that might support this assertion.

When you play basketball, you jump a lot. Whether you’re taking a jump shot, going up for a rebound, or trying to swat away a shot, you’re jumping in the air a lot. This activity a lot of nerves in the sole of your foot, and these nerves are connected to the thyroid and pituitary gland. Could it be stimulating the production of hormones in these glands that are responsible for making you taller?

Another thought is that all of that jumping increases the flow of fluid in your body. This promotes the hormone IGF-1 in the legs and spine, which helps with lengthening your bones and making you grow taller. When you jump up in the air, your body temporarily decompresses as there’s no weight crunching you downwards. Your legs and spine are basically suspended. When you hit the ground, your body compresses back together. One could hypothesize that this expansion and contraction of the spine can cause more fluid activity and blood flow to your growth plates.

My Opinion

The theories I found out there definitely have some merit to them, though it should be said that these are simply theories and there is no scientific evidence (nor studies performed) to make the conclusion that basketball makes you taller. I’m more of the thinking that if you’re naturally tall, then you’re going to gravitate to a sport like basketball. But perhaps that’s why basketball players continue to get taller? I don’t know, but it definitely makes you think.

If you want to grow taller, simply getting on the basketball court isn’t going to make you sprout in height instantly. It’s best to take the supplement that I linked to at the beginning of this post. You can also read this post about how to grow taller here.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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