According to a study of high school basketball players by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association
- 22% of all male basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year.
- 42% of the injuries were to the ankle/foot, 11% hip and thigh, 9% knee
- Sprains were the most common type of injury (43%).
- 60% percent of the injuries occurred during practice highlighting the need to warm up for training.
Basketball injuries are generally defined as either acute/traumatic or overuse injuries. Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impact, such as a fall or a stumble. Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing.
Injury bulletins provide general information only, and are not a substitute for a consultation with a sports Physiotherapist or Physician.