Understanding The Physiological Challenges of Basketball

I’ve written a lot about the psychological demands of basketball. The physiological demands of basketball is another matter entirely. The effect of basketball on the physical and mental is well documented in sports science and sports psychology. Since I have written about how focus, discipline and willpower affect basketball, I thought it would be great to write about the effects of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on athlete’s on the court . In this article by Kristen Gilroy, the writer explains how anaerobic and aerobic exercise affects basketball players. Gilroy challenges the argument that basketball players only use the aerobic energy system when playing on court .Kristen proposes that basketball requires both aerobic and anaerobic systems for optimal performance.

Blake Rubin discusses some of the physiological challenges of basketball

In order for the body to display high performance in basketball, it has to rely heavily on it’s anaerobic system and anaerobic exercises. To exercise anaerobically means that you are working on a very high level of intensity, and the cardiovascular system is unable to deliver oxygen to the body quickly. The benefits of the anaerobic system is its ability to aid athletes in making quick movements and reactions on the court. Kirsten Gilroy writes that , “for example, the duration of an anaerobic exercise could be mere seconds, or 1-2 minutes, but nothing longer than that”. Gilroy breaks down what each system does to an athlete on the court. With anaerobic exercise the athlete

Gilroy makes the case for anaerobic exercise, drawing from scientific research which she cites at the bottom of her article.

To understand why basketball requires aerobic and anaerobic exercise, using scientific articles as the backbone for your research, visit Kristen Gilroy’s blog here