Ways to Prevent Common Injuries in Basketball

The Milwaukee Bucks are out of the bubble and in full swing. And it may not feel like it, but March is right around the corner. A lot of us suffer from basketball fever year-round. It’s also a good time to think about our own game and how we should play it safe when it’s our turn on the court. You may be wondering: What are the most common injuries in basketball? Should I be worried? MOSH is here to answer your questions and help you prevent basketball injuries.

Common Basketball Injuries

Ankle Sprains

From rolling and twisting to accidentally getting stepped on, high- and low-ankle sprains are some of the most prevalent basketball injuries. If pain, swelling and bruising occur, further evaluation may be necessary to rule out fractures or serious tears.

Jammed Fingers

A very common hand injury in basketball, jammed fingers occur when the ball contacts the end of the finger—causing significant swelling of a single knuckle or joint.

Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears

Forceful stopping, accelerating, cutting and pivoting places a lot of pressure on knee ligaments and puts them at greater risk for injury. Severe, season-ending knee injuries can include ACL, MCL and meniscus tears.

Overuse Injuries

Minor trauma to soft tissue causes overuse injuries, and it’s common with young athletes who play sports year-round without any rest in-between seasons. Shin splints, jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis), and little leaguers’ elbow or shoulder are just a few types.

Basketball Injury Prevention Tips

  • Complete a pre-season physical
  • Strengthen leg muscles to better support your knees
  • Warm-up with stretching prior to training or playing
  • Wear supportive shoes with a higher profile around the ankle and skid-resistant soles
  • Check the court for slippery spots or debris before playing
  • Use proper techniques to avoid hand and wrist injuries

Your ankles, hands and knees have complex joints—making them more vulnerable to injury. If you or your child experiences a basketball injury, it’s best to seek the care of an orthopedic physician.

And of course, be mindful of social distancing and mask-wearing as best you can. Play in small groups, in well-ventilated areas. Playing on an outdoor court is ideal. Basketball can be an intimate sport; it’s key that you follow all guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.