In 2009 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded more than 501,000 basketball-related injuries in emergency rooms. The foot, ankle and knee are most susceptible to injury because of the fast and sharp movements required in basketball. Another common injury of the game is jammed fingers, which can be caused by going up for a rebound, stealing a pass, or while dribbling against your opponent. Overuse injuries: Injuries that are caused over time by stressing an area several times until it becomes bothersome and results in damage. Injuries that are caused this way include patellar tendinitis (jumper's knee), achilles tendinitis, and rotator cuff tear. Traumatic injuries: Injuries that are caused by trauma or force. This includes ligament injuries, muscle tears, broken bones and jammed fingers. Muscle tears primarily occur in the large muscles in the leg. Ankle Sprains: This is the most common basketball injury. Injuries often occur because of the immense pressure that is placed on the ankle during the game. A sprain can also be caused by a quick movement causing the foot and ankle to roll, or by another player landing on it forcefully. Knee Injuries: Considered one of the most serious basketball injuries, knee injuries usually present as a sprain or tear. A sprain is a small tear in the ligaments and joints, while an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is more severe and often requires substantial recovery time. Injury PreventionMcDavid Knee Elbow Shin Pads - Warm up before practice and games. - Make sure you are hydrated before and during games. - Pay attention to your opponents to reduce colliding. - Aways use proper technique for your position. - Do not be aggressive when blocking opponents. [caption id="attachment_1256" align="alignleft" width="150"]LP 272 Knee Power Sleeve LP 272 Knee Power Sleeve[/caption] - Wear appropriate equipment and footwear. - Reduce tears and abrasions with protective knee and elbow pads. - Reduce ankle sprains by using ankle braces and supports. Training: Explosive Calves improves alignment from knee to toe and increases jumping height. Python Striker Hand & Foot Speed Trainer helps improve and strengthen hand and foot speed.

Slide Board Trainer by Stroops targets several lower-body muscles to give you increased mobility and strength.

Resources:
USA Basketball: http://www.usab.com/youth/news/2011/08/how-to-treat-a-jammed-finger.aspx
American Academy of Ortho Surgeons: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00177
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rotator-cuff-injury/basics/definition/con-20031421
American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine: http://www.aapsm.org/basketball.html

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