Have you already picked your brackets for March Madness? In honor of the tournament starting, this post is all about basketball injuries.

Basketball is actually one of the most hazardous sports, causing nearly half a million injuries per year.
The majority of these injuries can be categorized into two different types: Acute injuries and chronic injuries.

Acute injury are usually caused by a sudden forceful blow or wrong landing. The most common acute injuries found in basketball players are sprains, strains, torn ligaments, tendon ruptures, and fractures.

A chronic injury is often felt when an injury occurred and was not properly healed, or there is some sort  of structural imbalance in the foot that is affecting your gait and keeping your foot from functioning properly. Chronic injuries found in basketball players are often stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, blisters and Achilles tendinitis.

While crazy in air leaps and frantic collisions that cause acute injuries cant be helped, chronic injuries can be avoided with some simple steps:

  • Stretching: make sure to stretch after warming up and after exercise is completed
  • Proper shoes: High top basketball shoes give the ankle more protection from twisting motions. 
  • Strength training: Strengthening the foot and ankle back to its pre-injury condition, otherwise it will be weak and susceptible to re-injury.
  • Know your limits: Pushing your body too far before the injury is healed can make the recovery process longer and more difficult. Give your body the rest and care it needs.

When a traumatic injury occurs during a game or practice, the best course of action is to stop playing immediately and treat the affected area with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and see a Podiatrist soon after the injury occurs.

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