Playing basketball: dribble the benefits

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, and one of the most widely viewed. It is an enjoyable sport that suits many skill levels and ages, owing to its worldwide popularity.

If you want a sport that helps you stay fit and healthy, basketball is a great choice as it comes with more than a few health benefits.


How does basketball work?

Basketball was invented with a dual purpose. On the one hand, to keep the player in shape, and on the other to avoid physical contact. It is therefore a sport very much based on rhythm and strategy rather than physical strength. It is also one of the rare team sports where you can progress by training alone, wherever you want.

In both attack and defence, rhythm, direction changes, and jumps will be essential for success. Basketball is a fast-moving game that involves a lot of variety, including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defence, and much more.

This sport is played with two teams with five players each, competing to score points by pushing a ball down a hoop placed 10 feet off the ground.


Health benefits of basketball

Remember to start slowly. Build up your fitness levels before your start to increase the intensity and duration of your basketball sessions. With that in mind, the benefits of playing basketball extend off the court.

  • Boosts heart health
  • Build up muscle
  • Builds healthy bones
  • Burn calories
  • Develop concentration and self-discipline
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Strengthens muscular endurance

There are also a lot of emotional benefits:

  • Builds self-confidence
  • Develops communication skills
  • Encourages team spirit
  • ‌Helps improve moods
  • ‌Helps you develop faster decision-making skills[1]
  • Lowers stress

Also, basketball is a fast-paced game where you will be doing a lot of running, jumping, and twisting movements, so there are chances for injury. Do warm-up and cool-down exercises to minimize the risk of injury.  


Move Sports and Basketball

The Lisbon Basketball Youth Cup, a fun and challenging international tournament targeted to young basketball athletes, both boys and girls, taking place in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal, is organised by Move Sports.

Currently, we are co-organising the 6th European Seniors Basketball Association Championship that will take place next year, in Albufeira, Algarve.

And we also organise sports tours and training camps for basketball teams, schools, and academies.

Check our last experience with 2 top basketball teams in Portugal.

Move Sports operates in multiple sports, including rugby, handball, basketball, football, and many others. We must highlight the excellent training conditions in Portugal, as well as our wide offer of training camps and sports tours.

Visit our website and see all that we have to offer you.