March Madness is in the air! As basketball season comes to a close, there is a lot of excitement for players and fans alike. Whether you play for leisure or in a competitive league, you are never safe from basketball injuries.
Basketball injuries are very common, especially as kids grow and become more physical players. Injuries range from minor to more serious issues that can even be season-ending. Orthopedic surgeons are very busy during this season, treating a number of injuries sustained on the basketball court.
Common Basketball Injuries
- ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tears or strains
- MCL (Medial Cruciate Ligament) injuries
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Ankle fractures
- Jammed or broken fingers
- Dislocated shoulder
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Groin strains
- Hamstring strains
This is not an exhaustive list of basketball injuries but it does cover some of the most common types. As you can see, players sustain basketball injuries in a variety of body parts ranging from the head to the feet. Therefore, it is important to think of prevention as a whole-body defense.
Tips for Preventing Basketball Injuries
- Proper nutrition is a simple preventative measure for all athletes to consider. Fueling your body with a balance of lean proteins, calcium rich foods and whole grains provides a solid foundation. Proper nutrition is important for stamina and focus.
- Staying hydrated is essential in preventing a variety of basketball injuries. As your body fatigues and loses fluids, it is harder to maintain proper form.
- Training in between games is typically a given if you play on a more competitive team. However, if you play for leisure and do not include any type of training in between games, your body may be more susceptible to injury.
- Wearing supportive footwear with good ankle support is very helpful in avoiding basketball injuries such as ankle sprains. Further, supportive footwear also offers better stability in the back and core.
If you have avoided basketball injuries so far this season, hopefully you did so by following the suggestions for prevention above. If not, it is not too late. Be sure to be proactive in your approach to playing any sport. It is easier and less painful to prevent an injury than it is to endure treatment and recovery.