Why should you play basketball?

All round fitness

Basketball is one of the best ways to improve your all round fitness because it works both the upper and lower body. During a game you'll use all your main leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, groin and buttocks while simultaneously toning the muscles of your shoulders, neck arms and back. All while burning those calories....

Basketball will improve:

Muscle strength Power Endurance
Cardio-respiratory Endurance Co-ordination Balance
Acceleration Agility Vision
Awareness Accuracy Team work
Social Skills Mood Energy Levels
Flexibility Body Composition

What have you got to loose?

What do you need to get started?

Absolutely nothing! Just turn up to training in the PEC on a Wednesday at 4.30pm in the Minor Hall. Just wear sports gear, suitable for a bit of running! ;)

What does the game involve?

Basketball is played on a court, with a net at either end, above the reach of the players. The object of the game is to score by throwing the ball through the hoop. Different points are awarded depending on your position on the court from where you threw the ball. When moving with the ball, you must bounce it continuously. In competitive games there will always be at least one referee and two table officials.

Still unsure? Confused? Come to a training and see for yourself.

Adapted from an article by Mr. Philip Phelan, (Chartered Physiotherapist, Master of Medical Science) for VHI. http://www.vhi.ie/hfiles/hf-624.jsp

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