I’ve been on a tear lately researching and writing articles on all things related to getting taller. Most of the time I’m super excited about doing so but when it comes to sports, I get really excited! There are some questions that people have been asking lately and they’re in regards to sports and whether or not playing any particular one can actually increase your height?
What you need to know is that without a doubt, yes, there is research being conducted in order to determine whether or not participating in sports will make you taller. I focused on one sport that requires you to be extremely tall. I’m talking about basketball! There’s certainly something one can gain from jumping and that’s a boost in hormones.
Those are the same hormones responsible for helping you grow taller. Here’s how it works, when you jump your spine has the chance to decompress and that cartilage between your bones gets a bit of a break.
Landing is a whole other story. When you land, everything compresses once again. There are people out there making claims that the decompressing and compressing are able to successfully stimulate the flow of your blood. Some say that this activity also assists kick starts the nerves which are directly connected to your thyroid as well as your pituitary gland. This uptick in activity means one thing, a boost in IGF-1 hormones, which is the exact hormone responsible for helping you grow as tall as possible.
Now, that being said, it’s time to get back to sports talk so I can cover those which commonly make you taller.
Which Sports Make You Taller?
Okay, so the first thing I want to confirm with you is that there’s no scientific data that I can present to you at this time or studies that I can share with you that confirm playing sports makes you taller. While I cannot confirm 100% backed by studies, I still feel it’s important to share with you a list of sports that I truly believe playing will help increase your height.
Note: These sports are not in any particular order and if you’re going to play them then you should get approval from a doctor before doing so.
Of course, I just had to lead off with basketball. It’s perhaps the most commonly played sport by tall people and it requires a lot of jumping. Between the jump shots, jumping on defense, and my favorite, dunking the ball, it should come as no surprise that this sport gives players plenty of chances to decompress their spine and stimulate IGF-1 hormone activity.
I love football and played this my entire life. It requires skill and lots of jumping whether it be on offense or defense. Whether you’re catching the ball, trying to intercept, block a kick, or dive for the end zone, there’s plenty of jumping and diving taking place here. You need to be a tough, well-conditioned athlete to play this game and playing it just might lead to you reaching new heights in more ways than one.
You’ve most likely played this while in gym class or if you’re tall, then perhaps you played in college. Volleyball requires lots of jumping for both spiking the ball as well as blocking those spikes. It’s nothing but intense jumping that just might stimulate your glands and hormones enough to cause you to grow more.
While this isn’t really a competitive sport but more like an exercise or activity, it’s definitely one that might help stimulate your growth plates, getting them to further stretch out more. Jump roping requires some skill, especially if you’re going to try and get fancy with it. All that jumping will certainly help you burn fat, increase your growth hormone levels, and hopefully help you get taller as well.
There are lots of other sports that incorporate jumping as well such as swimming, soccer and even tennis, but those which I’ve listed come to mind as being the ones that just might help you increase your height if played.
Are There Other Options?
Not everyone is as athletic as they’d like to be. Some people just aren’t a fan of playing sports and for those that aren’t you’ve got some other options. My advice to those that don’t want to play sports is to at least start eating healthier foods just like any other athlete would do. You can also begin taking supplements (I suggest this one) if you want to grow taller without the added physical activity.
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