Proper shoes, training can keep you injury-free this basketball season

Basketball injury prevention at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine

Although basketball isn’t as physical of a sport as football, it still carries a large risk of injuries throughout the season.

As noted by, there are two forms of basketball injuries – acute/traumatic and overuse.

Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impact, such as a fall or a stumble. Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time to heal.

According to a study of high school basketball players by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA):

  • 22% of all male basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year.
  • 42% of the injuries were to the ankle/foot
  • 11% hip and thigh
  • 9% knee
  • Sprains were the most common type of injury (43%).
  • General trauma was the second most common type of injury (22%).
  • 60% percent of the injuries occurred during practice highlighting the need to warm up and strap for training.
  • 59% of game-related injuries occurred during the second half of the game, which identifies fatigue as a predisposing factor.

How can you prevent getting injured during the basketball season?

Physio Works suggests warming up thoroughly prior to playing a game or training, ensure you have excellent core control, speed, strength and agility, wear supportive basketball shoes with skid-resistant soles, use good technique, and check the court for slippery spots or debris before playing.

Click here to learn more about the most common basketball injuries.

At Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine, we specialize in treating a variety of orthopedic injuries and chronic conditions for patients of all ages. We also evaluate and treat work related injuries.

Give us a call today (314) 567-5850 to let us get you back to full health.