What is your sport: Basketball

Basketball is a sport played with 2 teams consisting of 5 players each. The objective is to score by throwing the ball through the opposing team’s netted hoop that is fixed high above each end of the court.  

Basketball requires a variety of skills. These skills include dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and rebounding. In basketball, players are constantly running back and forth down the court using the major muscles of the lower body.  

Main Muscles Used in Basketball

Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Hip Flexors, Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Deltoids, Triceps, Biceps, Forearm Flexors, Forearm Extensors, and the Core

basketball Injuries

Common Muscle Injuries from Basketball

The most common basketball injuries include: 

  • Ankle Sprains: Due to the fast paced nature of the game, rolling of on the ankle is a common issue in basketball. 
  • Knee Sprains & Strains: A lack of strength or flexibility around the knee joint can lead to a sprain or strain in this area. 
  • Meniscus Tear: A quick change in direction can cause a meniscus tear to happen. 
  • Wrist or Hand Injuries: These make up about 11% of all basketball injuries. The most common of these injuries is tendonitis, strains, or sprains.  
  • Hamstring Strain: A hamstring strain can happen due to a lack of flexibility or strength in the muscles. Basketball requires a lot of running. Thus, these muscles experience a lot of stress. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Basketball Injuries?

It’s important to train on and off the court. Strengthening the commonly used muscles can help prevent a lot of pain and missed play time. Further, proper stretching before and after playing basketball can help improve your flexibility.  

 At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our team aims to help you through a smooth and hassle-free recovery. We offer massage therapy to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve blood flow – ultimately, promoting proper healing. Other services that may help your recovery include acupuncture, manual osteopathy, orthopaedic assessments, and sport taping. Consider and explore your options. Find out how you can get back to sinking hoops on the basketball court. Contact us today. 

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