Rocky Mount Event Center Looks at Some Health Benefits of Playing Basketball

Rocky Mount Event Center: Benefits of Basketball

At Rocky Mount Event Center we love basketball. Our sports facility is equipped to hold all sorts of basketball events. Whether a camp, a clinic or a championship game, our world-class facility can meet all of your needs.

There are a lot of things that make basketball a great sport. The speed, the agility, the joy of watching a world-class athlete play the game, but another important reason we love this sport is that it’s great exercise. You don’t have to be NBA caliber to benefit from this storied game. In today’s blog, Rocky Mount Event Center looks at a few of the health benefits that come with playing basketball.

Cardiovascular Health

Basketball can help you develop cardiovascular endurance. It keeps you moving and that keeps your heart rate up. Building endurance can keep your heart healthy, reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Burn Some Calories

Running up and down the court, jumping, and the quick lateral moves done in basketball provide an excellent source of aerobic exercise and burns plenty of calories. In fact, for each hour of competitive basketball, a 165-pound person can expect to burn around 600 calories. A 250-pound person can burn up to 900 calories.

Bone Strength

Jumping and the other physical challenges of basketball can help improve bone health. Weight-bearing physical activity such as basketball causes new bone tissue to form, making bones stronger. Bones and muscles both grow stronger when muscles push and tug against bones during physical activity. The stronger your bones are, the less likely they are to break.

Mental Strength

Basketball requires a large array of physical skills, but it’s also a fast-paced mental game. Because this is a game of speed, players must pay a great deal of attention to quickly and accurately process what is happening on the court, and quickly make decisions about ball movement and defense. As a fast-paced game unfolds, you must constantly be observing your teammates and opponents while making decisions about what course of action to take based on the decisions they have made. This is great physical fitness for the brain, which can help you make quick decisions at work or other parts of your life.


Making shots, making quick decisions, and being a successful part of a team is great for self-esteem. As you become more confident in yourself on the basketball court, you might find that your confidence is rising at work, school, and home. Confidence is a wonderful thing to have with you as you start each day.

Let Rocky Mount Event Center Be Your Basketball Destination

We hold our state of the art basketball courts to the highest of standards. Like you, we approach this game with care and passion. Basketball is one of the pillars of Rocky Mount Event Center, and we are proud to provide a world-class destination for both players and fans. Contact us today about your basketball needs.