With any sport, we run the risk of injury when playing, and basketball is no exception. Basketball is a fast-paced game that utilizes most, if not all, muscle groups, especially in the lower extremities. While our bones are strong, sometimes overuse to these areas can lead to injuries. Common injuries associated with basketball include ankle or foot sprains and plantar fasciitis. While these are not serious injuries, they can lead to bigger problems down the road if left untreated. Here are some prevention techniques to keep you happy and healthy on the court:
Plantar fasciitis is one of the main struggles basketball players face because they’re on their feet for long periods of time. This condition involves the swelling of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and attaches the heel bone to the toes. Some players compare the feeling to a stabbing needle sensation that forces them to the sidelines. Typically, treatment for this condition involves resting, icing, and stretching before, during, and after a practices and games. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen can be taken to reduce inflammation and ease pain as well. If the pain persists, then speaking to your doctor is a must because the pain could be associated with a stress fracture or a pinched nerve.
Basketball players can roll their ankles, get hit while grabbing for the ball, or have their ankles stepped on accidently, any of which can lead to a sprain. Ankle sprains can keep players out of the game and on the bench for anywhere from five days up to six weeks depending on the severity of the sprain. Some prevention tips include warming up properly before a game, wearing supportive shoes, practicing good technique, and checking for slippery spots on the court. If players feel any sprain or a break, they should immediately leave the court and seek medical care. The faster they heal, the faster they’re back on the court.
Playing through the pain only makes conditions worse. Contact the Vereen Center today on more ways to prevent basketball injuries!