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 debilitating injury if they aren't treated early.
Injuries that fall into this category include:
Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impact, and can be quite dramatic. The more common traumatic injuries in basketball include:
- Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL/PCL)Injuries
- Injuries to the Meniscus
- Wrist Sprains
- Finger Fractures
- Ankle Sprains
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Hamstrings Pull or Tears
- Muscle Sprains and Strains
Both types of injuries may result from overuse, lack of proper rest, lack or proper warm ups or poor conditioning. The following safety precautions are recommended to help prevent help basketball injuries:
- Warm up thoroughly prior to play.
- Wear supportive basketball shoes with skid-resistant soles.
- Use protective equipment (mouth guards, knee and elbow pads or eye protection).
- Use good technique and play by the rules.
- Clean of courts before play - check for slippery spots or debris.
- Have a first aide kit on hand.
- Get adequate recovery.
- Stay hydrated.