does playing active sports make you taller?

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  1. rx

    rx Sister Fister

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    I'm 20 and 5'8". my parents are preaching me to play basketball or volleyball or something so I can grow more.

    yeah right... i think it's all bullshit. does playing active sports make help you get taller? I mean stuff like soccer or basketball or volleyball, not pool or golf.
  2. superman

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    I have no idea, but you're going to stop growing soon anyways so why not give it a shot.
  3. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Yes and no.

    Kids who are more active do tend to grow taller, not by a lot more, but a bit more.

    BUT at 20, you're either done growing or pretty damn close to it. Sports and being more active will help increase your bone density, your muscle/fat ration, and stamina in other physical activities. Which as a 20 year old male (or maybe female, they like those things too), I'd imagine you'd want. ;-)
  4. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    If you're not active now, getting active later is really hard. AND...as you get older, you do shrink. If you get in the habit of being somewhat active now, the better off you are later on down the road.
  5. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Tell your parents to put down the doobies.
  6. namelessentity

    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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    Remind your parents that you're Asian, not black.
  7. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    man i played sports all through elementary to high school and afterwards..
    i stopped growing in the 12th grade and im as tall as you... face it. you're done for.
    sports doesnt make you taller, thats all a myth.

    Might wanna start shopping for thick soled shoes, LOL..
  8. Torx is right, but so is Maester. Yeah, you're done growing, and sports don't make you taller, but do it anyway.
  9. rx

    rx Sister Fister

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    hmmm... i'm korean, and i'm pretty sure more than 80% of koreans my age are all taller than me. korean people are a lot bigger than japanese and chinese people, from what i've seen (and i don't know why). or maybe i'm just seeing things. damn i wish i was taller.

    so what contributes to how much you grow other than genes? I'm sure diet is one, but eating a whole lot more is definitely not gonna help, right (just gonna make you fat). damn asians and their stupid myths. fan death.... hahahahha
  10. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Genes, diet, amount of physical activity, the environment you're exposed to, and I'm sure other sources.

    They're finding Japanese women are curvier and taller than previous generations thanks to the transition to a more western diet.
  11. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    yep, come to america, leave fat and big

    its in the genes, plain and simple.. nothing you can do about it.

    and i dont know about your "80%" statistics there, might want to re-evaluate that.. sounds like youre kinda down on yourself about your height. Who is shorter, you mom or dad??
  12. rx

    rx Sister Fister

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    my mom. but i'm serious, when I visit my parents in korea, everyone aorund my age are at least 2" taller than me. maybe not the previous generation but people are getting taller these days
  13. NoseMaster

    NoseMaster Horrible Person

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    Dunno, I'm 6' and haven't played any sports outside of gym class :x

    I'd say as long as you didn't start smoking at like 15 or did something else to stunt your growth, that's as talla s you would have gotten.
  14. integra00

    integra00 Junior Member

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    i'm 6'5" and i played soccer and basketball all my life
  15. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Debatable....but HGH would do the trick. If.....you don't mind a substance gleaned from the pituitary glands of dead people. it's true that we shrink as we age. i used to be 5'11 1/2" and am now 5'9 1/2".
  16. Alex B

    Alex B Junior Member

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    That sounds like a load of crap to me. I'm ~5'10" and I have played competetive ice hockey for 15 years. That shit hasn't made me grow an inch.
  17. jake

    jake Vagabond

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    I think its a myth. But I know what you are saying about Koreans. They are taller than all the other asians.
  18. Pope John

    Pope John the most modest.

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    people are telling me i look a lot taller since boot camp. so yes. you will "look" taller. don't know about actually being taller though.
  19. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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    You guys are fuckin short. I'm 6 foot and I feel short.
  20. Lord Kain

    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    I don't want to burst your bubble, but you won't get any taller by practicing sports at your age.

    If you are a late bloomer, it's possible that you'll still gain a little height. Was your puberty late?

    And about the sports, the only thing it could do it to improve your posture. Do you have an "arched back posture" (sp??!)?
  21. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I'm guessing that people who play soccer and basketball are generally taller people and that's where the myth came from. I don't think there's a connection between exercise and height.

    However as mentioned above, it won't hurt to build up your body's muscles and tone in other ways. That can make up for height. I'm only 5'9" but I don't feel short. I'm about as tall as most of the people I know, a few inches taller than my girlfriend, and the majority of my family. I don't think 5'8" is that short. If you were like 5'4" you'd have a valid complaint. Hang out with shorter people to feel taller. :)
  22. SoulAssassin

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    I'm 5'9" and played soccer/baseball (basketball up to high school)...I'm dead in the middle between my mom and pops.
  23. rx

    rx Sister Fister

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    my facial hair started to get some volume only about 6 months ago
  24. Lord Kain

    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    Well, this is normal, especially for an asian guy.

    Anyways, you might get a little taller. Watch your posture and be proud :) I'm almost the same height as you and it's not that bad, such as other posters said just before.
  25. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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    Does having a lot of sex make your penis bigger?????