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.