Calories burned playing basketball calculator

Calories Burned Playing Basketball Calculator

Basketball time
Type of ActivityMETCalories Burned
Basketball, shooting baskets4.5322
Basketball, non-game, general6430
Basketball, general6.5465
Basketball, officiating7501
Basketball, wheelchair7.8558
Basketball, game8573
Basketball, drills, practice9.3666

How are calories burned while playing basketball calculated?

The total number of calories burned for any task is calculated by first finding the calorie burn per minute - this is done by multiplying the MET value of the task by the person's body weight in kg and 3.5, then dividing that number by 200.

Calorie burn per minute is then multiplied by the amount of time that the task is performed to find the total calories burned from the activity.


A person weighs 160 pounds and plays shoots baskets (a task that has a MET value of 4.5) for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
How many calories have they burned in this time?
160 pounds = 72.73kg
1 hour and 20 minutes = 80 minutes
Calories Burned from Basketball (per minute) = (4.5 x 72.73 x 3.5) / 200
Calories Burned from Basketball (per minute) = 5.7275
Calories Burned from Basketball (for 80 minutes) = 5.7275 x 80
Calories Burned from Basketball (for 80 minutes) = 458

What is Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET)?

A metabolic equivalent (MET) value is a measurement of the energy cost of a specific physical activity for a specific period of time.

A MET of 1 would be roughly equivalent to a person's energy expenditure from sitting still in a temperature neutral (room temperature) room and not actively digesting food.

An activity with a MET of 2 would have a person using about twice the amount of energy that they would be using in a task with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time, while an activity with a MET of 10 would have a person using about 10 times the amount of energy that they would be using with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time.

It should be noted that the MET approach was designed to build a classification system of different activities for research purposes - MET values "do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium." (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities)

How can I burn more calories playing basketball?

With any activity, the more activity that is done, the more calories that are burned.

To increase the rate that calories are burned playing basketball, increasing the intensity of play as well as the total time on the basketball court will all increase the MET value that calories are burned at.

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