With college basketball heating up and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker’s second ACL tear, basketball injuries may be top of mind.
Should you be concerned about you or your child playing the sport?
We help break down the most common basketball injuries and ways to help prevent them.
COMMON BASKETBALL INJURIES
From rolling an ankle to accidentally getting stepped on, high and low ankle sprains are some of the most prevalent basketball injuries. If pain, swelling and bruising occurs, further evaluation may be necessary to rule out fractures or serious tears.
A very common hand injury in basketball, jammed fingers occur when the ball contacts the end of the finger—causing significant swelling of a single knuckle or joint.
KNEE SPRAINS, STRAINS & TEARS
Forceful stopping, accelerating, cutting and pivoting places a lot of pressure on knee ligaments and puts them at greater risk for injury. Severe, season-ending knee injuries can include ACL, MCL and meniscus tears.
Minor trauma to soft tissue causes overuse injuries, and it’s common with young athletes who play sports year round without any rest in between seasons. Shin splints, jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) and little leaguers’ elbow or shoulder are just a few types.
INJURY PREVENTION TIPS
- Complete a pre-season physical
- Strengthen leg muscles to better support your knees
- Warm up with stretching prior to training or playing
- Wear supportive shoes with a higher profile around the ankle and skid-resistant soles
- Check the court for slippery spots or debris before playing
- Use proper techniques to avoid hand and wrist injuries
Your ankles, hands and knees have complex joints—making them more vulnerable to injury. If you or your child experiences a basketball injury, it’s best to seek care by an orthopedic physician at Affinity or Ministry.