Elbow joint extension and the muscles involved are very important in execution of many sports skills. For example, they are needed in many overhead hitting actions such as the tennis serve and smash and basketball shooting. Elbow joint extension is a key action in pushing and throwing actions as used in the shot put, pressing up into a handstand in gymnastics, in hand-to-hand balancing, pushing an opponent in football, jabbing in boxing, various actions in mixed martial arts, in some baseball pitches and so on.
The triceps push-down is critical in the iron sports, for example, in the jerk in weightlifting and in the bench press in powerlifting. This exercise is also very important for bodybuilders for developing the back of the upper arms.