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The 3 Most Common Injuries in the NBA (INFOGRAPHIC)

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

High-energy and fast-paced, basketball is a dynamic sport that’s fun to watch and play. Developing a little awareness about basketball’s most common injuries can help players of all ages and skill levels stay safe on the court! According to an infographic compiled by KT Tape, these are the three most common injuries in the NBA…

#1 Ankle Sprains

Also known as “rolling your ankle,” an ankle sprain occurs when one or more ligaments of the ankle are torn or partially torn.

    • Light Treatment: Rest, ice, compression and elevation is sufficient for many ankle sprains. (Learn more about how R.I.C.E. is useful for sprains.) If you do experience an ankle sprain during a practice or game, take a break – even if you feel like you could get back out on the court. Continuing to play on a sprained ankle may seriously increase risk for further injury.
    • Heavy Treatment: Physical therapy may be required for a Grade II or Grade III ankle sprain.

Learn more about ankle sprains.

#2 Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

More commonly known by its nickname, “jumper’s knee,” patellofemoral pain syndrome occurs when the back of the kneecap comes into contact with the thigh bone. This is a fairly common injury among runners and dancers, as well.

    • Light Treatment: Rest, stretching, ice, and quadriceps strengthening are some common light treatment options.
    • Heavy Treatment: Physical therapy may be required for more severe cases of jumper’s knee.

Learn more about jumper’s knee.

#3 Plantar Fasciitis

Also known as “policeman’s heel,” plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the bottom surface of the foot becomes inflamed. Risk for plantar fasciitis increases with age – it’s most common among adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Frequent running and jumping, standing, being overweight, or being flatfooted can also increase risk.

    • Light Treatment: Rest, stretching and massage therapy may help in many cases of plantar fasciitis.
    • Heavy Treatment: Physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and surgery could be necessary for more advanced cases of plantar fasciitis.

Learn more about plantar fasciitis.

Questions? See a Houston Orthopedic Doctor

For more information about staying safe on the basketball court, see a provider at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. To schedule an appointment, simply call (713) 756-5546.

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