Playing Basketball with Apple Watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Hdub32, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. Hdub32 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2015
    Any basketball players out there?

    I ordered the SS model and would love to track my calories while I play like i used to do with my Nike fuel band. I just wonder if its to bulky, and might get damaged ?

    Any thoughts ?
  2. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Apr 11, 2010
    I copped a 38mm sport that I plan to use playing bball, vball and softball. That watch is going to take some massive punishment
  3. Hdub32 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2015
    Nice! Might as well use it for what its meant for!
  4. abhishake macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2005
    The only question I have is how accurate will it be? I don't have my phone in my pocket while hooping..
  5. gladd06 macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2015
    great question... please keep us updated..

    I'm firmly against screen protectors and bumpers, but I may actually get the spigen clear rubber cover only for when playing sports. I don't plan on taking the watch off unless showering and charging.
  6. daydayvol macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    I have wondered the same thing. I play ball about 3/4 times a week. I usually use a fitbit to track steps. I am a little worried the watch will get in the way. The fitbit tends to get pulled off from time to time. I will definitely give it a go with the apple watch though.


    haha. It should just track those steps (one would hope). Plus the added benefit of the HR monitor should help.
  7. Xiph0s macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2008
    New York, NY
    "copped"? lmao -- legit.
  8. mrboba1 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2015
    Raleigh, NC
    I'd put a wrist band over it for some protection, maybe something that won't hold the sweat right on it, too.

    Someone somewhere (iMore?) said they wore it during roller derby and was happy with how it handled it. They did have it protected by something - I don't remember all the details.
  9. abhishake macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2005

    haha. It should just track those steps (one would hope). Plus the added benefit of the HR monitor should help.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah - I also hear the HR monitor kills your battery when in use for a couple hours (e.g. playing basketball). We'll see if they ever ship mine to me.
  10. okifeelthat macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2015
    basketball is way too much of a contact sport plus it inhibits wrist movement as well. even if you're careful you're one fall from breaking it, scratching it, or even injuring your wrist as you fall on it. i wouldn't do it but that's just me. (I play recreational ball once a week fwiw)
  11. kqwik78 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Fresno, CA
    I've used my Apple Watch Sport 42mm for volleyball over the last few weeks and it held up great. I do have a screen protector on it though. However, my volleyball skills have not improved at all since wearing the watch. :(
  12. qpid360 macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I recall someone saying they wore a wristband to protect the watch while playing basketball and it worked great for them.
  13. GrumpyGeek macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2013
    Canada eh?
    What do you guys mean by a wrist band?
    Something like this?
  14. bking10 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2014
  15. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    I never wear a watch while hooping.

    Can mess up your game and more so if somebody hits it or you accidentally hit them with it. It can cause damage.

    If playing by yourself go for it. But would still be weird for me. Maybe on non shooting hand if anything.
  16. iwayne macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Santa Clara, California
    I wear the double wide Nike Wristband over the watch while I play softball. Have played 4 games so far and been fine.
  17. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
  18. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    No you shouldn't,the fact that you're even considering it is appalling. you're going to be injuring players left to hard. you should never wear any watch or jewelry when you play. you're going to make someone get stitches.

    no to mention you're going to fall sooner or later driving/finishing, fading away, defending, grabbing rebounds, dribbling.

    even if you try to play safe you're not gonna help yourself sometimes. i wouldn't.
  19. sam2428 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I have a 42mm space grey sport and I play basketball at least 3 times a week with my apple watch on. I dont find it too bulky or anything...heck, I hardly notice I have it on.

    I did buy a Spigen rugged armor case for it and it stays in my gym bag for contact sports, otherwise I dont plan on using it. I will say that I have started putting in on less and less because I dont really feel I need to put it on.

    I would say it really depends on what type of player you are though. I am a pure shooter and spend most of my time behind the 3 point line (i.e. I'm not seeing a lot of contact). If you drive in a lot I would think the rugged armor like case would suit you well.

    The case is pretty easy to put on. Just slide the straps off, put the case on, and then slide the straps back on. I don't notice a weight difference with this on either.

    Hope this helps!
  20. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    The Apple Watch manual says basketball is ok. However, curling is not recommended, whether or not you own an Apple Watch.
  21. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011

    i guess if you're just spotting up shooting, but its basketball, you're going to be in situations where you're going to have to beat someone off the dribble or you might get an open lane.

    And the defense, stealing balls, falling down and wailing arms, trying to block. all those can give somebody stitches if hit in the face.

    anyhow its still dangerous as hell for other players because they'll get hit.

    seriously, i got hit by jewelry before, its not a joke. take our apple watch off for the consideration of others.
  22. ChoPraTs macrumors newbie


    Oct 27, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    Where? I was looking for this information in the Apple Watch manual and I've not seen the word "basketball".

    I also wonder what category should be used in the training app... Outdoor Run? Walk? Other? There is no specific category for sports such as tennis, basketball or soccer. Which category are you using?
  23. vitog123 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    this post kinda made me laugh - no offense.
    I play basketball several times a week and get hurt (bruise, cut, scratch, sprain, hack, you name it) all the time. Someone wearing a watch is hardly a worry when the game is more than likely going to be physical.
  24. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011

    You obviously never played much sports or at all as a kid. Wearing jewelry/watches while playing is something kids and adolescents do. They don't know any better.

    I've seen guys get stitches, teeth knocked out, chipped because of things like watches and rings.

    They're F*ing metal, I'm not sure how better to explain it, even a moron can realize how stupid it is. When you get hit in the face by a hand or arm at full speed it hurts, especially if its in the noise its going to maim you. Imagine full speed with a watch face or metal bracelet.

    Yeah, you can picture whats going to happen. But its fine, people like you is what pretty much defines "natural selection".

    Keep on playing with jewelry, have fun paying for some one else plastic surgery and hospital bills

    Your statement is laughable in itself. Lol, you think a a tweak, push, sprain, bruise, or a cut is the same as getting your your face split open because you got hit by jewelry?

    I mean i can't believe this is up for discussion. Yeah its going to get physical, its going to be even worse when your face gets fractured because you got hit in the face with an opponents arm full speed.

    Yeah it definitely gets physical, thats why you're NOT supposed to wear jewelry when you play ANY sports that involve any type of contact.
  25. Pettay0 macrumors newbie


    Jun 18, 2017
    Richville, OH
    Shattered my series 2 Nike plus edition playing a pickup game on my concrete court. Heft cost of 229 plus tax for replacement. Do not recommend without some protection on the watch.

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