Each year, pro basketball players defy gravity and college players fight to survive until tournament time. And high school and recreational athletes take to the courts to compete in basketball games of their own.
Like the pros and college players, high school and adult league players are subject to basketball injuries from:
So, if you're planning to play hoops, be aware of the most common basketball injuries and how to treat them.
The most common high school and college basketball injuries that need advanced sports treatment include:
Ideally, basketball injury prevention and training begins three weeks before the start of the season. This allows players to build a base of strength and endurance.
For most sports league athletes, this preseason training may be hard because of time constraints. But, even minor conditioning is better than none at all.
Try to get at least a base level of conditioning in the weeks or months before your basketball league starts.
Start with 30 seconds and build to a minute or two. This improves your ability to change direction quickly and awareness of body position.
This gives you practice in quick bursts of speed and shifting direction.
This works your shuffling skills, balance, strength, and ability to stay low.
If you have a basketball-related injury, UPMC Sports Medicine's orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers, and physical therapists can help. We'll speed up your recovery and restore function so you can get back on the court.
Contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678) to schedule an appointment.
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