Common Basketball Injuries
Basketball injuries are generally defined as either acute/traumatic or overuse injuries. 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 for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a nasty debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.
Both types of injuries may result from overuse, lack of proper rest, lack or proper warm ups or poor conditioning.
What’s the Incidence of Basketball Injury?
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
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.
Basketball Injury Prevention Strategies
The following safety precautions are recommended to help prevent help basketball injury:
Warm up thoroughly prior to playing a game or training.
Ensure you have excellent core control, proprioception, speed, strength, endurance, agility and plyometric skills.
Wear supportive basketball shoes with skid-resistant soles.
Use good technique.
Clean of courts before play – check for slippery spots or debris.