Basketball season is in full swing. March Madness is nearly upon us. Players all over the country are practicing daily and putting everything they have into each of their games. Inevitably, as the season heats up, the number of injured athletes seen by NJ Sports Medicine specialists increases. Overuse injuries, ankle sprains, and knee injuries are by far the most common seen in basketball players. As always, the risk of suffering any of these injuries can be mitigated by consistent warm-ups and proper technique. Below we review these common injuries. If you believe you’re suffering from any of these injuries, call an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today to request an appointment. Immediate and thorough treatment can drastically reduce your bench time.
- Overuse Injuries: As the name suggests, these injuries are a direct result of repetitive and consistent stress on the muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints in the knee. Overuse comes from the constant running, jumping, and dribbling associated with the game of basketball. “Jumper’s Knee” is the most common of these injuries and is characterized by pain in the tendon just below the kneecap.
- Ankle Sprains: Between the running and jumping – and occasional traumatic run-ins with other players – ankle sprains rank in the top three most common injuries seen in basketball players. During an ankle sprain, the ankle rolls too far and the ligaments that connect the bones are stretched (and sometimes torn) during the impact.
- Knee Injuries: Cartilage tears in knees are the single most common injury in all athletes, basketball players included. These injuries can be the most serious of the three and can include tears in cartilage, tendons and knee sprains. In the most severe cases, the ACL can be torn and will most often require minimally invasive surgery from a trained sports medicine surgeon.
Consulting A Sports Medicine Specialist Today
The key to minimizing bench time and long-term effects of knee injuries is immediate and comprehensive treatment of injuries. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic pain in your knees, call an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today to schedule a consultation and get back in the game as soon as possible.