Like all sports, basketball players are subject to injury each and every time they walk on the court no matter what they’ve done to prepare and prevent it. Most of these injuries are acute/traumatic or are caused by the overuse of certain parts of the body. Acute/traumatic injuries typically result from a sudden impact or force and overuse injuries are caused by repetition.
There are definitely more common types of basketball injuries than others with ankle and knee sprains, hip flexors and ligament tears being at the top of the list. In fact, over 60 percent of basketball injuries occur in the lower limbs rather than the upper limbs or trunk and most of them are acute. The areas afflicted are usually the hips, thighs, knees, ankles and feet with sprains being the major culprit.
There are several ways you can try to avoid basketball injuries and these include a proper warm up and stretching routine before practicing or playing, wearing the right type of slip-resistant shoes and other related equipment and ensuring you have good core control, plyometric skills, agility, endurance, speed and strength. However, accidents do happen and are usually uncontrollable.
If you’ve suffered a basketball injury you may want to have it properly assessed, diagnosed and treated and a professional physiotherapy clinic such as Spectrum Physiotherapy. Our team of experienced therapists will gladly assess and monitor your condition and help to potentially lower the risk of any further injuries.
This can often be achieved through effective neuromuscular and proprioceptive training routines as well as utilizing high-top shoes and external ankle supports. Our physiotherapists are properly equipped with clinical tests and the tools to assess your proprioceptive ability. This will help them to design a unique training program for each individual client. We’ll be able to monitor your progress over a period of time and assess your injury-risk level and to help minimize the chance of recurrence. If you’re presently injured or would like a comprehensive assessment to help reduce your injury risk, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We’ll provide the guidance and a personalized training program needed to help you out.
When an athlete’s weak points are measured and identified, there’s usually a better chance of preventing future injuries. Some other common problems related to the sport include injuries to the joints, soft tissues, Achilles Tendon, anterior cruciate ligament, back muscles, biceps, shoulders, groins, hamstrings, heels, neck, shins, hands, and rotator cuff etc. There are several ways to treat these injuries including ice, heat, rest, ultrasound, soft tissue mobilization, active release techniques, exercise, stretching, strengthening, acupuncture, electronic stimulants (TENS machine), taping, braces, neurodynamics and even yoga.
To help prevent injuries or reduce their severity, we assess the client’s specific characteristics from head to toe and the situations that can result in an injury. These include things such as age, mental and physical fatigue, skill, experience, balance, coordination, muscle imbalances, weight, strength, and flexibility. We can then pinpoint the areas which have room for improvement. An injury can keep a basketball player off of the court for just a few days up to a year or two in extreme cases. A strengthening and technique program will help reduce the risk for many types of common injuries and also help you reach your full athletic potential.
Many types of minor injuries are considered to be preventable. If you’d like to be sure you’re everything possible to help prevent these types of injuries feel free to contact us act Spectrum Physiotherapy. We’ll be able to advise you on what could cause an injury after assessing your characteristics and current condition. Of course, if you’re already suffering from an injury, we’ll design a personalized treatment program to help you get back on the court as quickly as possible.