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  Marjorie Comer   January 16, 2017   Sports, Sport safety 0 Comments

How to stay safe when playing basketball

Keep your children, teens and teammates safe while having fun

Make sure you and your children safe while playing basketball.With its fast-paced rhythm, basketball is a great sport for children, teenagers and adults to enjoy for exercise and to play during the cold winter months. However, sports-related injuries often occur while playing basketball. Learn how to stay safe when playing basketball. 

Common injuries

Basketball-related injuries happen most frequently during practice, when referees aren’t watching and keeping safety a priority. Statistically, female players suffer injuries more often than male players, and those injuries tend to be more serious. Typical injuries that occur during basketball include:

  • Sprains and strains, which are common sport-related injuries.
  • Facial bumps and bruises, especially to the eye and mouth areas.
  • Knee and ankle injuries.
  • Jammed fingers.

Create a safe environment

Ensuring you and your fellow athletes are safe is important to the overall integrity of the game. Use these five tips to create a safe environment and to keep yourself injury-free.

  1. Have a sports physical. Before the season starts, visit a Velocity Care walk-in clinic for a sports physical. You don’t need an appointment, and you can see a doctor with very little or even no wait.
  2. Stretch. Be sure to properly stretch your body before and after basketball games to prevent injury.
  3. Hydrate. Drink plenty of water before, during and after a game to avoid dehydration.
  4. Invest in safety equipment. Many players wear mouthguards and safety masks to avoid serious injury. To avoid facial bumps, invest in a pair of glasses specifically made for sports. For male athletes, it’s common to wear an athletic supporter.
  5. Don’t play through the pain. Remind players not to play through any pain they’re experiencing. It can turn a small injury into a far more serious injury. If a player is injured, seek medical care.

If you do experience a basketball-related injury, be sure you are fully healed before returning to the court. Playing before you are completely healed can cause an injury to return. You may also want to consider taking at least one season off each year; it reduces burnout in young athletes and prevents re-injury.

Basketball-related injuries tend to occur more frequently during the weekend hours. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Centers are open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and our Natchitoches, Louisiana, clinic is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. At Velocity Care, you can see a physician without having to make an appointment. We can quickly assess your injury and find the best treatment options available to you.

Learn about Velocity Care's healthcare services

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Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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