Basketball injuries can always present a fork in the road for athletes. The hardest part of an injury is the road to recovery. Once an athlete has fully recovered from an injury, he is delighted to be back on the pitch and playing. Although this willingness to play again may cause some athletes to come back quickly. There are a few tips I can offer to help prevent further injury.

The best way for a basketball player, or athlete in general, to prevent another sports injury is to take care of and prepare for it. Stretching before any activity, practice or play is a MUST every time. I recommend players warm up with a brisk jog or a light run on the court before starting. After completing this run, it is essential that you stretch your muscles after they are slightly loose in order to avoid straining or tearing. It is not good for muscles to stretch them when they are cold. During my high school basketball days, my coach would always ask our team to do 5 laps on the court to warm up. After this race, we found ourselves in the middle of the field for stretching as a team.

Another way to prevent injury is to wear appropriate braces on the part of the body that you have injured. The advantage of wearing a splint is that it is easy to adjust, can be worn frequently, and can be easily adjusted for comfort in the affected area. A splint in general is used to prevent unusual movements that have occurred before, causing the injury. After an injury, it is somewhat difficult to move the affected area. A splint allows an athlete to move the specific area more comfortably and provide support when moving the muscle or affected area. Another form of brace would be to use athletic tape or an envelope. The benefits of gluing the previously injured area are to improve the stability of the joint or muscle. For example, ensuring the stability of the ankle joint. The tape can also provide a closer and more comfortable feel to the affected area. The tape also helps prevent unwanted movement and allows for normal movement where possible, whereas a splint would not.

One of the most important concepts to remember in preventing future sports injuries is to stay in shape. The reason most NBA basketball players don’t get injured is because they follow strict training plans on a daily basis. One of the golden rules of sport is that the healthier you are, the more likely you are to avoid serious injury in the future. Not only is staying in good physical shape important, eating a healthy diet is essential for preventing injury.

Source by Ethan Duttlinger

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