Basketball is one of the sports that has a lot of bumps. In parallel with the pleasure of scoring or winning is a dark side with injuries and risks affecting daily life.
Injury in basketball has many types, can come from a variety of collisions and therefore, the severity is also very different.
This article will summarize the 5 most common injuries in basketball based on statistics from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Injuries will be sorted by popularity and body part, along with prevention or measures to limit the likelihood of injury during competition.
1. Injury of the ankles and feet
Injury to the lower limb area is most likely to occur based on many statistics done in basketball history, especially in the lower limb group, ankles and feet.
Whether it’s flipping your ankles to the ground, flipping due to side forces or accidentally stepping on someone else’s feet, basketball often makes players vulnerable to injury in this area.
Particularly for foot injuries, the severity will be quite complicated because of the bone structure in this area. So if the pain persists, you need to go immediately to a medical facility or an orthopedic hospital for a scan and get the best results.
In order to minimize ankle and foot injuries, the person in need of support needs extra support. The most basic thing a baller can wear is a pair of standard shoes.
Basketball shoes often have very good support for the ankles. Particularly for the low-neck shoes, the design team will compensate by increasing the balance (adding anti-roll edges in the buffer, reinforcing upper on the sides of the feet …).
3. Injury to the hip and thigh
Speeding, jumping, turning or turning are activities that put a lot of pressure on a player’s legs and thighs, leaving them facing the possibility of injury.
In the thigh area, the quadriceps muscle is strong and strong. But injuries that occur in this area will take a long time to recover completely. In the back of the thigh, the hamstring is a commonly injured part, typically from the NBA is Chris Paul.
In the groin and hip areas, a torn or stretched hip muscle can also occur if the player is subjected to a high impact when competing or landing in an uncomfortable position.
Collisions are inevitable and cannot be prevented. But the best way for the body to withstand a collision is to improve overall strength and especially to warm up before training or competition. In addition, booting the hip is also extremely important but often overlooked by players.
The more hot and flexible the tendons, muscles, ligaments are, and the player will limit the ability to stretch these groups, leading to injuries.
3. Knee injury
Serious injuries such as stretching / tearing / ligament rupture are not so common in basketball compared to other collision sports. But this is still the 3rd most common type of injury in basketball.
Improving the strength of the leg muscles will help increase the ability to support the knee. Note that improving strength doesn’t mean “stuffing” a lot of weight into these muscle groups. Instead, players should balance the power up with exercises to increase flexibility.
In addition, starting well before practicing basketball or competition will also help reduce the likelihood of injury. If a player has had a knee injury, consider using support accessories such as knee pads or KT tapes.