Most Common Basketball Injuries Osteochondral Lesions. Osteochondral lesions are injuries to the bone and overlying cartilage of the talus, the bottom... Patellar Tendonitis. Patellar tendonitis (commonly known as jumper’s knee) is an inflammation of the patellar tendon... Jammed Finger. Jammed ...
Stress fractures in basketball most commonly occur in the foot and lower leg (tibia). Once diagnosed, a period of immobilization and non-weight bearing is recommended. Return to play is permitted once the fracture has completely healed and the athlete is pain free.
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Basketball will not be possible for at least 2-3 weeks. Leg/Ankle: Injuries can include contusions (bruises), ligament injuries, and broken bones (fractures). Overuse knee injuries can occur with repetitive activity. Twisting and pivoting injuries can also cause damage the ligaments inside the knees.
Patellar tendonitis in basketball players. Patellar tendonitis is a common overuse injury in basketball that affects the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shin bone. The patellar tendon, along with the quadriceps muscle and tendon, provides the strength for straightening out the knee.
The constant running, jumping/landing and shifting from side to side can do a number on your knees. One of the more common injuries to the knee in basketball is known as patellofemoral pain syndrome. This is basically pain that is felt behind the kneecap, where the patella meets the femur, or the thigh bone.
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Basketball finger injuries encompass several types of finger injuries: Mallet Finger - Mallet finger is one of the most common injures in basketball players. It occurs when the ball strikes the end of an extended finger causing forceful bending of the last finger joint (DIP joint) and rupture or tearing of the extensor tendon, which is attached to the finger bone.
Although ankle and knee are the most prevalent types of injuries in basketball, damage to the leg bone itself (tibia) occurs, as well. Perhaps best known as the man who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie had an early end to his career because of leg problems that began with a stress fracture in college.
Basketball players are at risk for both acute osseous injuries and overuse injuries in the lower appendicular skeleton. Avulsion fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal and navicular avulsions may present with symptoms of ankle sprain.