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4 Common Basketball Injuries (and Resources to Help!)

Author: Niki L. Carayannopoulos, DO

Basketball is a fast-paced game that can leave players of all ages injured in just the swish of a net. Some quick facts from National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) inform us that among high school boys…

    • More than 1 in 5 players sustain at least one time-loss injury per year.
    • 42% of injuries occurred in the ankle/foot.
    • Sprains were the most common type of injury (43%).
    • General trauma was the second-most common type of injury (22%).
    • Six in ten injuries occurred during practice.
    • Nearly six out of ten game-related injuries occurred during the second half of the game – when players are likely to be more fatigued.

Common Basketball Injuries

Some of the most common basketball injuries include:

    • Sprained Ankles. A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament. (Learn how sprains differ from strains.) A mild sprain can be treated at home with self-care; recovery takes two to six weeks or less. A moderate sprain may require physical therapy, while a severe sprain (complete ligament separation) can take eight to ten weeks of recovery. (Learn more.) If you do experience a low-grade ankle sprain, learn how to care for yourself with this post.
    • Knee Injuries. Knee injuries can slow down all aspects of life – not just your basketball game. If you do experience a mild knee injury that doesn’t require professional medical care, take a look at this blog post, which explains RICE, NSAIDs, and when to get urgent care.
    • Foot Fractures. Stress fractures are some of the more common foot fractures. They are commonly sustained by athletes who participate in running and jumping sports (like basketball), as well as long distance runners. Of course, you don’t have to be an athlete to get a fracture. Many new joggers develop stress fractures by attempting to do too much too quickly. How do you know if you’ve had a stress fracture? Check here.
    • Deep Thigh Bruising. Basketball puts players in close contact with one another. Eventually, you’ll take a wayward knee to the thigh. While you might think, “What’s the big deal about a bruise?” many athletes will tell you that a deep thigh bruise can put a serious damper on your abilities out on the court. RICE can help.

See a Sports Doctor In Houston for Basketball Injuries

For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule your appointment online.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.