Sports Medicine, Overuse Injury, Injury Prevention, Knee, Foot, Ankle, Hand, Wrist
From the jump ball that starts the game until the final buzzer, basketball sends ten players sprinting and dribbling up and down the court to sink a basket.
All the jumping, running and changing direction can take its toll on players' bodies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Statistics Reports, based on 2011 to 2014 data, basketball injuries topped the list of injuries (343,000) for people between the ages of 15 and 24 and ranked third (264,000) for players who were 25 years old and older.
Basketball’s fast-pace puts players at risk for many types of injuries.
Whether you’re a student on a high school team or an adult who enjoys playing in a recreational league, it’s important to play safe. One of the best ways to avoid injury on the court is to prepare off the court.
Players should invest in shoes made for the rigors of the sport. Basketball shoes provide extra support for the feet and ankles. Some players also wear protective eyewear, shin guards and elbow braces for added protection.
Quick blocking movements, pivots and rapid changes in direction create the perfect situation for ACL injuries. To avoid tears in the knee ligaments, coaches should teach proper technique and implement a conditioning program to strengthen the supporting muscles in the players’ legs. Conditioning and strengthening the muscles used during basketball games help players of all ages avoid sprains, strains and other serious joint injuries.
Getting your muscles, tendons and joints ready to play is an effective way to avoid injury.
If you experience pain or injury during the game, don’t continue to play. Playing through an injury is the best way to cause long-term damage. Stop playing and seek the advice of a certified athletic trainer or sports medicine specialist who can treat your condition and get you back on the court.
If you’re injured during the game and need the advice of a sports medicine specialist or certified athletic trainer, contact Bone & Joint at 800.445.6442 or visit one of our Walk-In Care clinics.
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