There are several different types of injuries which basketball players can end up with. This can include sprained ankles, finger injuries caused by jamming, knee trauma, deep thigh bruising, facial cuts, and foot fractures. Of these injuries, ankle sprains and jammed fingers are at the top. However, knee injuries can keep a player out of the game for a long time.
With all of the running, quick stops, and speedy turns, ankle sprains are hard to avoid. Wearing a well made, highly supportive basketball shoe can only help so much. When your focus is on getting that ball to the net, it is hard to pay attention to potential missteps that end up resulting in an ankle sprain.
An ankle sprain results in pain, swelling, and stiffness in the area, and can take anything from a few days to as much as a month or more to heal. Treatment is referred to as RICE; rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Once treated, some players tend to use an ankle brace, to provide the previously injured area with a little added support.
Jammed fingers are another of the most common injuries, and it is not surprising that this is the case. Just think of all of the quick passes, attempts at stealing, and hopefully catching, going on. Then, imagine the speed and velocity which ball is coming to you at, and you have to hope it comes smoothly into the palm of your hand. Otherwise, the ball ends up hitting the tip of your finger and jamming it into one of the joints, which then results in pain and swelling. Luckily, the treatment is pretty simple, and recovery time fairly quick.
Should you experience a jammed finger, simply ice it to bring down the swelling, and then “buddy tape” it to the finger next to it, to provide added stability.