Common Basketball Injuries and How To Heal Them

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Injuries are synonymous with sports no matter what you’re doing, and thus, knowing how to counter and recover from injuries is an essential part of sports. Here are three common injuries in Basketball and the RICE method of recovering from injuries.

RICE method

  • Rest the injury
  • Ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours.
  • Compress with a wrap to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate the wounded area to a level above the heart.

Ankle Sprains

This is a prevalent injury that can happen due to the silliest chain of events (like a simple misstep). Typically, the ankle turns inwards; however, more often than not, one can walk this away with no problem. Pain around the bump on the outside of your ankle is ordinary. You may see some slight swelling and your ankle may feel unstable. If ankle pain persists for more than a few hours, treat the ankle sprain with the RICE technique.

Knee Sprains

Knee sprains are scary as it could lead to a ruptured ACL or LCL, resulting in not being able to walk normally again. Knee sprains can result from a sudden stop or a sharp change in direction. They can occur with or without contact. Your knee may feel shaky and may feel like it gave out or popped. The pain may be concentrated in one spot or throughout the entire leg. Swelling may occur inside the joint, creating a feeling like pressure behind the kneecap or at the joint itself. Swelling may or might not be visible.

Treat knee sprains with the RICE technique. If your knee feels very unstable, you have a lot of pain or your knee is swollen, clicking or popping, see a doctor to make sure you don’t have ligament damage.

Face and head Wounds

Face and head wounds occur because of a direct blow. Nose, mouth, chin and the eyes are easy to injure. The worst part of these injuries is not the initial impact, but rather the impact with the ground should one fall over.

Apply pressure to the damaged area to control the bleeding. Wounds that don’t stop bleeding or are jagged open, deep, or broad may require stitches. In these circumstances, go to the emergency room straight away. It doesn’t take much blood loss to render a person unconscious.

Coaches and players should be certain any clothes or surface in contact with blood are thoroughly washed before play continues to prevent the spreading of diseases.

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