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Injury Prevention: Basketball

Given that basketball requires a lot of stress on your lower body and extremities. some common injuries include:

  • Ankle instability
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Hip pain/impingement
  • Low back pain

In the same aspect, given basketball requires the upper extremities to shoot, rebound, and defend, some other common injuries in the upper extremities include:

  • Shoulder impingement and instability
  • Wrist, hand, and elbow pain
  • Scapular dyskinesis

At LSTC, we have the pleasure of treating and preventing injuries in many athletes, including basketball athletes. Although many injuries are possible when competing, those listed above, are the most common injuries we see.

Our therapist are trained and experienced in teaching you how to prevent these types of injuries, as well as trained in rehabbing them and returning athletes to their optimal level of function. These injuries and impairments can be addressed by physical therapy, in a safe and fun environment. If you experience a sports related injury, our therapists will assess any areas of impairment or deficiency, and address them specific to the sport, in this case basketball.

Some ways to prevent these common basketball injuries:

  • Improve ankle stability and balance
  • Improve proprioception (awareness of movement and position of your body)
  • Increase quad and glute strength
  • Improve core strength and stability
  • Increase shoulder stability

When these areas are addressed in a functional, systematic approach, the risk of the common injuries we see in basketball athletes greatly diminishes. Improving these athletes’ functional ability will also aid in preventing more significant and time consuming injuries such as, ACL tears, achilles ruptures, and labral tears. It is greatly beneficial to address these impairments before these injuries occur

Here at LSTC, our expert physical therapists can determine and address the cause of your weakness. They will then create an individualized plan of care, including exercises to strengthen your weak muscles, helping you avoid new or further injury. Don’t wait for an injury to occur, call TODAY to schedule your evaluation and prevent your sport injuries!

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