Hurt Playing Hoops? 5 Potential Dangerous Basketball Injuries
The popular sport of basketball has been around for over 100 years, first introduced by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. But the game has come a long way since then, evolving into a fast-paced, tactical, and highly physical sport.
In today’s world, some of the highest-paid athletes are basketball players (hello, Michael Jordan), and for very good reason. Basketball requires plenty of physical stamina, and with this comes the risk of basketball injuries.
To learn more about some of the common injuries associated with this sport and their treatment options, just keep on reading…
Common Basketball Injuries and How They’re Treated
According to statistics, basketball players, especially the elite kind, are at risk of suffering common basketball injuries at a rate of 6-14 injuries, per 1,000 hours of play. This means that if you play basketball on-the-regular, you could be at risk too.
But don’t let this put you off. Most basketball injuries are minor and range from strains, sprains, and simple fractures. Besides, you know what they say about practice? It makes for a better game, physique, and technique overall- thereby reducing your chance of injury.
Here are some of the most common injuries associated with the sport:
1. Ankle Sprains
This undoubtedly one of the most common types of injuries caused by unnatural twisting and rolling of the ankle joint. As such, the muscles and ligaments around the join become overstrained, causing pain, swelling, and tenderness. Bear in mind that there is a difference between a sprain and a strain. Generally, a sprain takes longer to heal as ligaments take their time to recover.
Unfortunately, there is no quick-fix treatment for a sprained ankle. Treatments include rest, ice, compression, and elevation- also known as RICE in sporting terms.
Other common foot, ankle or lower leg (tibia) injuries in basketball include stress fractures. Fractures are a little more severe and require an x-ray to be 100% sure of the fracture location. They are treated with immobilization, non-weight bearing movements and rest.
2. Jammed Fingers
Jammed fingers occur when the basketball itself makes contact with the ends of the fingers, causing pain and swelling in the finger joints. The injured finger must be taped up to an adjacent finger, which generally provides relief. Most players return back to the game if the pain is bearable. However, if pain and swelling persist, an x-ray could be the order of the day to check for stress fractures.
3. Knee Injuries
Due to the very nature of basketball, knee injuries are also one of the most popular basketball injuries. This is a stop-start game, which can be very jarring on the knees. Some of the more technical cutting and dodging maneuvers also place strain on the knees. Generally, it’s the medial collateral ligament that is affected the most. Injury to this ligament also happens with a blow to the outside of the knee during player contact or falls. This injury is best treated with ice, decompression, bracing, and rest.
Another common knee injury is a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, also known as the ACL. This can happen after a short, sharp, or abrupt change in direction or a hard landing after a jump. There are a number of modern techniques used today to repair the ACL ligament, but in some cases, corrective surgery and downtime may be necessary.
4. Deep Thigh Bruising
This is a painful injury that is commonly caused by striking another player’s thigh with the elbow or knee. This heavy impact can cause a deep thigh contusion and swelling. The best treatment option is RICE – rest, ice, compression and elevation.
5. Facial Cuts
Finally, facial cuts are also part and parcel of playing the fast-paced game of basketball. They generally take place when players knock their heads together while jumping or landing. Depending on their depth, some cuts may require stitches, while others require sterile tape and ice, then a clean wound dressing.
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