7 WAYS TO PREVENT BASKETBALL INJURIES WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
Basketball is full of excitement, fast-paced and can be very competitive. That’s what makes it such a great sport to watch or play. It’s also an excellent source of exercise, whether you’re playing HORSE in the backyard or running up and down the court every week in a local league. However, injuries are common for avid basketball players. With all the jumping, running, blocking, and cutting on a hard surface, it’s very easy to twist an ankle or damage your knees, back, joints or muscles.
While some injuries may be accidents in the heat of the game, other injuries can certainly be avoided or become less likely with a targeted physical therapy regimen. CORE Physical Therapy has seen many basketball-related injuries and has put together this list of ways you can prevent basketball injuries with physical therapy.
1. Stretch Your Legs
Your knees take the brunt of the energy you exert in a basketball game. It’s vital that you take time to stretch before and after playing. Properly stretching out your calves, quads, and hamstrings will reduce any stress put on your knee joints during any form of physical activity.
2. Loosen Up Your Back
Your back can also take a toll on the basketball court. That’s why it’s important to warm up and loosen your lumbar region, along with your hips and glutes, to take a little extra pressure off of the lower back.
3. Wear Protective Gear
Though not necessarily a physical therapy issue, another way to minimize the risk of injury is by wearing protective gear. Consider wearing a mouth guard or knee and elbow pads. If you have bad knees, elbows or ankles, wearing supportive braces or compression sleeves can prevent you from aggravating any old injuries. Wearing comfortable shoes with soles that are skid-resistant can prevent slips, falls and twisted ankles.
4. Practice Strength Training
When you are not on the court, strength training in the gym will make a big difference, especially when working your legs, back and shoulders. Strong muscles can relieve stress from certain joints and can aid in quicker injury recovery.
5. Improve Your Cardio
Basketball requires more cardiovascular endurance than most sports, so don’t neglect cardio in the gym or when warming up for a game. Keeping your heart rate up can be helpful in improving the endurance in your muscles and joints.
6. Stay Hydrated
Before, during and after any basketball game, it’s important to stay hydrated. Proper hydration can also help to prevent injuries and fatigue.
7. Get Plenty of Rest
Getting enough rest in between games is vital for your body. Never underestimate the value of a good night’s rest to help your muscles and joints recuperate after a game. The harder you push your body, the more necessary it is to get enough rest to prevent injuries from happening.
These are just a few physical therapy tips to help prevent basketball injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or for more information about designing a physical therapy regimen for you.