Why Don’t Women Score Slam Dunks?

April 15, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

There have only been two women who have scored a slam-dunk in the Women’s NCAA. Brian Palmer answered why dunking is so uncommon in Women’s basketball:

  • Dunking requires considerable height and women are, on average, shorter than men.
  • Even for equi-sized players men have a greater jumping ability than women.
  • Dunking is dangerous – coaches advise against it because you could break your arm.

To read about the role that puberty plays, why slow-twitch muscle fiber might make a difference, the Michael Jordanesque dimensions a woman would need to consistently score slam-dunks, and why women shouldn’t despair at their dreams of scoring slam dunks click here.

Source: Slate