Sports and injuries seem to go hand in hand, but preventing injuries on the court should be a priority for athletes and coaches. It can take a long time to recover from injury and get back to playing the game. The need to play can cause athletes to return to the game long before they are ready making the injury worse. Some injuries can even be career ending. Here are some tips to help all basketball players prevent injuries.
Warm up before a game
One of the best ways to avoid getting an injury is by being prepared for games and practices. Doing some dynamic stretching should be done before every game. You can do a light jog for a few minutes before game time. Once you have finished running, do some stretching to loosen your muscles. Muscle tears can take a long time to heal. During practices a warm up is usually part of the practice session and the coach will take care of that. It is before a game that you need to warm up your muscles to get ready for the game. Here is a full body warm up routine you can make your own.
The right gear
If you have injured part of your body in the past then using a brace can help that from happening again. Braces are easy to fit, they can be worn anytime and you can wear them often. Braces are also really easy to adjust to make them more comfortable. Braces are worn so that that part of your body doesn’t move in an unusual manner that can cause muscle tears. Sometimes after you have an injury the area can become stiff and hard to move, braces help your body to move more comfortable and stabilizes the injured area. Athletic tape or wrap can also do the same thing. Athletes use athletic tape around wrists and ankles for example, to improve the stability of the joints. Like a brace the tape will help prevent unwanted movements that cause further injury. It should also go without saying that you have proper basketball shoes and gear before you ever step foot on the court.
Staying in good physical condition is probably the best way to avoid injury, even professional athletes have strict daily fitness routines. The healthier you are the better you’re going to play. Balance your fitness routines with a healthy diet to keep you on track. While you may have practice a couple of times a week, working out on top of that will make you a better athlete.