Basketball is one of Australia’s leading and most popular sports, with players of all years and ability levels participating. Basketball is a fast-paced sport with a lot of intense body contact; therefore, injuries are inevitable.
Trips, player contact, uncomfortable landings, rapid changes in direction, and getting struck by the ball are all major causes of injuries when playing basketball. The following are examples of common basketball injuries:
- Lower-body accidents, primarily ankle sprains and fractures
- Arm, hand, finger, skull, face, and tooth wounds
- Knee accidents – girls are more likely than boys to sustain a knee injury.
- Due to the time and severity of the game, overuse injuries are more frequent in higher-tier athletes.
Preventing basketball injuries
- To avoid harm, make sure you’re ready.
- Wear the appropriate clothing.
- Verify that the surroundings are safe.
- Understand yourself as well as the sport.
Preparing to play basketball
- Ensure to prepare before you begin to play basketball to assure that your body is ready.
- Before you start, exercise and warm-up.
- After you’ve finished playing, flex and chill off.
Wear the right basketball gear
- While participating in basketball, always use a mouthguard, ideally one that is specially designed to fit your mouth.
- Wear basketball-specific footwear.
- If you’ve had a previous injury, consult a doctor or physiotherapist about the best restraining or safety gear for you.
Check the basketball environment.warm-up
Ensure that the basketball setting is secure, and recall to:
- Eliminate dangers from the playground, such as pebbles and water.
- Ensure that backboards and hoops are of good quality, that they are securely attached, and that they are regularly maintained.
- Backboards, their frames, and the walls should all be cushioned.
- Baskets and borderlines should not be too close to walls or fittings.
- If you construct a ring at home, have a suitably trained expert, such as a builder, check the stability of your installation.
- A basketball ring or backboard should not be attached to masonry.
Other basketball safety tips
- Choose exercises that are appropriate for your level of fitness when playing basketball as a general rule.
- Play by the rules and in a fair manner.
- Understand and use proper passing, leaping, landing, and shooting methods.
- Understand how to operate the equipment safely and correctly.
- Never dangle or hang from a basketball hoop.
- Prior, throughout, and then after play, drink plenty of water.
- Playing in severe heat or damp circumstances is not recommended. Games should be postponed whenever feasible.
- Coaches, players, and parents ought to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat sickness.
- In all instances, trained first aid personnel, first aid kits, cold packs, and a stretcher should be on hand.
- It is critical to have access to a mobile phone in order to contact emergency workers.
Respond promptly to basketball injuries
- Move wounded or bleeding athletes from the court quickly if you or somebody else is hurt.
- Injuries should be treated as soon as possible by competent first-aid workers.
- When you come back to play, be sure you’ve fully recovered.
- After a major joint injury, you should wear braces for at least 3 months.