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What muscles and part of the brain do basketball players use to dribble?
Question Date: 2019-04-25
Answer 1:

To dribble, a player first needs his bodily functions to run smoothly - breathing and so on, so he of course needs his hindbrain to work well. To control his body, the player needs his midbrain to work well - the midbrain is typically associated with vision, hearing, motor control and alertness, all of which the player needs to dribble well. The forebrain takes signals the player receives, processes them, and then decides what to do with these signals. As you can see, to dribble, the player needs his entire brain.

As for muscles, the player needs her legs and feet to stand or move, her pelvis and back to support her movements, and her upper body and arms to work the ball, so here are a few major muscles, separated by regions of the body, that a player needs: deltoid, biceps, and triceps (arms); pectoralis, trapezius, abdominals, obliques (upper body); quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, soleus, and vastus (legs). In other words, when done well, dribbling takes a player's entire brain and body to do.

Answer 2:

Basketball players use their biceps and triceps muscles to move their arms up and down, and also use similar muscles to move their legs. The part of the brain that coordinates muscles is the cerebellum, but the player will need to use his or her cerebrum to decide where to go and when to defend the ball to keep another player from swiping it.

Answer 3:

I'll just paste some useful links for this question:

Sports Science vs Brain Science of Basketball:

LeBron Asks: What muscles do we use when shooting a basket?

This is your brain in basketball:

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