What types of injuries are most common in basketball?
The most common basketball injuries include ankle sprains, jammed fingers, knee injuries, foot fractures, and cuts/bruises from high-impact contact.
How can basketball injuries be prevented?
- Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor’s recommendations for basketball injury prevention
- Hydrate adequately
- Pay attention to environmental recommendations
- Maintain proper fitness
- After a period of inactivity, progress gradually back to full-contact basketball through activities such as aerobic conditioning, strength training, and agility training.
- Avoid overuse injuries
- Talk with your coach and/or athletic trainer about an ACL injury prevention program and incorporating the training principles into team warm-ups