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 PhysioWorks.com.au, 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.
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