Basketball Injury Rehab and Prevention
Basketball is a contact sport, so injuries can and do occur. Injuries during the game are commonly caused by falling, contact with other players, quick changes in direction, or being hit by the ball. Additionally, higher level players can have overuse injuries because they play longer and harder. Some of the most common basketball injuries are:
- Hand or wrist sprains, fractures or dislocations
- Ankle sprains
- Injuries to the knee (ACL, PCL, Meniscus)
Basketball athletes can experience other injuries, as well. Hip strains and bruising can happen during player contact on the court, or from hyper extended muscles and ligaments. Deep thigh bruising (quadriceps contusions) can be more serious, as it can cause crushed muscle tissue, bleeding, and other complications that can cause loss of muscle function. It is felt as weakness and pain in the quadriceps, with possible tightness or swelling. It could also have a lump that is able to be felt by hand. If it is left untreated, myositis ossificans, when a portion of the injured muscle calcifies, can develop.
The best way to handle basketball injuries, though, is to try and avoid them. A physical therapist can help you learn to recognize how you use your body when you play, and help you learn how you should be using it instead. Using proper form goes a long way towards injury prevention.
Physical therapists can guide recovery when a basketball player is injured, as well as teach them to prevent injury, or re-injury, from occurring. If you’re benched due to an injury, contact any of our clinics for a free injury screening.
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