Great Ways You Can Prevent Basketball Injuries
Ready to head out onto the court? Basketball is such a fast-paced game, it’s little wonder why there are so many injuries. Whether you’re playing a game among friends at the park or are involved with a league, you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid those common injuries.
Here’s how you can prevent the most common basketball injuries.
– Hips and thighs
Because you have to pivot on a dime, run, jump, and rebound, this puts a lot of extra strain on both your hips and thighs. Make sure you stretch and warm up before any game, even just a goof-off session with friends. It’s always those casual games that cause greater injuries since no one thinks about getting the muscles ready first.
Sprains and strains are common when it comes to the knees in this sport. To prevent them, you should build up strength in your hamstrings and thighs. If you have prior knee troubles, make sure you get a knee brace to help keep your knee stabilized and minimize your injury risks.
Of all the injuries you can have in basketball, ankle injuries are the worst. It’s easy to roll on your ankle, twist it, or even get stepped on. Basketball shoes will give you the right ankle support and keep you from slipping on the court. You can also tape up your ankle with athletic tape as an extra measure of precaution.
Hand injuries are the least common in basketball, but they do happen, particularly with jamming fingers and wrist sprains. You need to fine-tune your awareness, watching the ball as it comes to you. Stretching will help prevent problems with your wrist when you go to catch the ball from a pass.
Injuries can and do happen in basketball, as with any other sport. There’s always a risk to getting hurt. But when you know what to watch out for, you can prevent many injuries from happening. It helps to not only warm up and stretch but also stay active doing drills as well as cardio to keep your muscles ready for anything.
Another way to prevent injuries is to get a massage before games. This gets the muscles primed for these movements. And of course, after the game, a massage will help those muscles recover more quickly. For either scenario, let In Your Home Therapy come to you with massage therapy at your convenience. We have physiotherapy services to help with injuries and personal trainers that can help you keep your game sharp when you’re off the court too!