Basketball is a high impact sport, which means there is always the risk of either traumatic or overuse injuries for basketballers.
Common traumatic injuries
The most common traumatic injuries suffered by basketballers include:
- Jammed fingers, which can range in severity from minor ligament injuries to broken bones
- Muscle tears or pulls, which occur mostly in players’ large leg muscles
- Ankle sprains, this partial or complete tearing of ankle ligaments is more often than not the result of basketball players landing awkwardly or on the foot of another player
- Knee injuries
Regarded as being the most serious of basketballers’ injuries, knee injuries may consist of:
- Sprains, or small tears in the player’s joint capsule or knee ligaments
- Meniscus tears, which are typically caused by twisting of the knee
Complete tearing of one or multiple knee-supporting ligaments ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears are particularly common basketball injuries.
Common overuse injuries for basketballers
The most common basketball-related overuse injuries include ‘jumper’s knee’, or patellar tendinitis, and Achilles tendinitis, which affects the tendon connecting the heel bone to the calf muscles. Some players suffer overuse injuries to the tendons connecting their rotator cuff muscles and shoulder bones.
Many of these injuries can also be caused by slips, trips and falls. Very painful at best, slip, trip or fall injuries do not just happen while playing basketball. They can happen wherever you go, from corner shops, restaurants and supermarkets to public libraries, offices, other working environments and anywhere in between.
Slips, falls and trips are often caused by:
- Wet, greasy or otherwise slippery floors
- Loose, damaged or uneven flooring
- Clutter in aisles, pathways or on stairs
- Poor lighting, especially on stairways
- Loose or damaged kerbs
- Debris, such as tree branches or litter, for example
- Slippery, uneven surfaces; wet cobblestones are particularly dangerous
- Snow and ice
Owners and authorities responsible for premises frequented by members of staff, customers or other visitors have a duty of care to prevent injuries by slipping, tripping and falling by identifying and dealing with potential hazards. If you were injured by tripping or slipping because there was a breach of this duty, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline staff can help you determine whether you have a claim or not. We can also provide you with an experienced, friendly in-house solicitor to support you throughout the process of claiming.
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