According to a study of high school basketball players by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), ’22 per cent of all male basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year’. While many types of basketball injuries are sustained because of slips, trips and falls on the court, there are myriad sporting accidents that cause a wide range of injuries, which vary in severity.
Common basketball injuries
No matter how the injury was sustained, whether from a trip on the court or overexertion, it is important to identify common patterns in sport-related injury to aid prevention.
NATA reported that within the 22 per cent of injured basketball players, 42 per cent of the injuries were sustained to the ankle or foot, 11 per cent to the hip and thigh, and 9 per cent to the knee, indicating that the lower-limbs are the most vulnerable to injury in basketball.
The most common types of basketball injuries were:
- Sprains and strains
- General trauma
- Overexertion from poor warm up/cool down techniques
The findings also highlighted that almost 60 per cent of recorded injuries were sustained in the second half of the game, signifying exhaustion or fatigue as a strong variable when considering cause of injury.
Preventing basketball accidents and injury
To minimise the risk of sustaining an injury when playing basketball, it is important to take precautions to prevent accidents on the court.
First and foremost, maintain a good level of fitness so that you have optimum control of your core. Enhance this during play by ensuring that you use good technique. Don’t forget to warm up before the game, and cool down sufficiently afterwards.
Well-fitting, supportive basketball shoes not only prevent slips and falls on the court, they provide cushioning and protection to the foot to help avoid the identified lower-limb injuries, which basketball players are susceptible to.
Claiming for basketball injuries
If you have been injured on the court, through no fault of your own, and you believe a third party is to blame for your sport-related accident, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine if you have an eligible case to claim personal injury compensation.
Established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience assisting victims of personal injury on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for the harm and distress they have endured.
Speak with one of our friendly advisors today, on Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice