How To Prevent Basketball Injuries

The most common injury in basketball is an ankle sprain, according to Dr. Eric Small, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Medical Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Westchester Health Associates. In his recent blog, Dr. Small details basketball injuries and how to rehabilitate them so an athlete can return to play.

Eric Small, MD

Eric Small, MD

The ACL is the most devastating injury for a basketball player

This ligament is crucial for stability of the knee. Adolescent and adult females are 3-5 times more likely to rupture their ACL than their male counterparts. A knee injury prevention program has been established which prevents 90% of ACL injuries. This conditioning program teaches athletes:

  • proper landing mechanics
  • increasing balance
  • increasing hip strength

If you’ve been injured while playing basketball, see a specialist

If you have experienced a basketball injury, or any other sports injury, please make an appointment with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to see one of their specialists highly experienced in sports injuries.

To read Dr. Small’s blog in full, click here.

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