It’s March Madness!! I hope you are enjoying all of the college and high school basketball tournament games taking place this month. It is a great month to be a sports fan!
As an athletic trainer I spend a lot of time working to keep athletes injury-free and to help them rehab from injuries that do occur. Here are the top 5 most common injuries that occur with basketball participation according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and tips on how to decrease their occurrence.
1. Foot/Ankle Injuries
These injuries are easily the most common seen injuries in basketball. They include ankle sprains, fractures, and tendonitis.
Prevention: First, make sure you have the appropriate footwear for basketball participation. Strengthening, balance training, and proper conditioning all help decrease injury risk.
2. Hip/Thigh Injuries
Hip flexor, hamstring, and quadriceps strains are among the most common injuries in basketball.
Prevention: Strengthening, balance training, using proper jumping/landing mechanics, and proper conditioning can decrease injury risk. Proper warm-up and increasing flexibility can also decrease injury risk.
3. Knee Injuries
Knee injuries including overuse injuries and ligaments sprains/tears have the third highest incidence of occurring in basketball.
Prevention: Once again strengthening, balance training, using proper jumping/landing mechanics, and proper conditioning can decrease injury risk. The use of a proper fitting knee brace may also lessen injury risk.
4. Wrist/Hand Injuries
Wrist and hand injuries account for approximately 11% of basketball injuries occur to the wrist/hand/forearm according to the study.
Prevention: Having good court awareness, hand-eye coordination training, and having proper technique when taking a charge can decrease injury risk.
5. Head/Face Injuries
Injuries to the head and face are hard to prevent. They include concussions, contusions, nose and eye injuries, and lacerations.
Prevention: The important thing to watch out for here is concussion symptoms and to make sure they are managed by a healthcare professional with concussion management expertise.
One very interesting statistic that was found in the NATA report is that roughly 60% of injuries occur in the second half of games, suggesting that fatigue plays a big part in when injuries are most likely to occur. Managing playing time throughout a game may play a role in staying injury-free.
If you are experiencing pain from a sports related injury our rehabilitation experts can help! Visit www.physicaltherapyptc.com/free-consultation/ to request a free consultation and a member of our care team will call you to answer any questions you may have.
Dustin Eslinger, MA, ATC, ITAT
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.
Dustin Eslinger March 21st, 2018
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