Tips for preventing basketball injuries

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When it comes to sports injuries, prevention is definitely the best medicine. Wearing the proper equipment, doing the proper stretches and not pushing yourself too far too fast are all steps that may help keep you safe.

  • Have a pre-season physical examination and follow your doctor’s recommendations for basketball injury prevention.
  • Hydrate adequately – waiting until you are thirsty is often too late to hydrate properly.
  • Pay attention to environmental recommendations, especially in relation to excessively hot and humid weather, to help avoid heat illness.
  • Maintain proper fitness – injury rates are higher in athletes who have not adequately prepared physically.
  • After a period of inactivity, progress gradually back to full-contact basketball through activities such as aerobic conditioning, strength training, and agility training.
  • Avoid overuse injuries – more is not always better! Many sports medicine specialists believe that it is beneficial to take at least one season off each year. Try to avoid the pressure that is now exerted on many young athletes to over-train. Listen to your body and decrease training time and intensity if pain or discomfort develops. This will reduce the risk of injury and help avoid “burn-out.”
  • Talk with your coach and/or athletic trainer about an ACL injury prevention program and incorporating the training principles into team warm-ups.
  • The athlete should return to play only when clearance is granted by a health care professional.

What is Memorial’s Sports Medicine Advantage?
Sports injuries happen. Knowing how and when to treat them is important. Memorial’s Sports Medicine Advantage ™ provides both medical and community resources to help your body work, play and perform to its fullest potential.

For more information contact Joel Buffum with Memorial’s Sports Medicine Advantage. Joel specializes in the prevention, assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. His goal is to be easily accessible to athletes and coaches in need of education, treatment advice, and/or provide proper recommendations to those in need of more advanced medical services. Call Joel at 509 941-5746 or email joelbuffum@yvmh.org.

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