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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Dr. Smith PAGE 1 Exercising as You Age PAGE 1 The War Pigeon Who Saved the ‘Lost Battalion’ PAGE 2 The Golden Era of Athletes on Social Media PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 Strawberry Mango Paletas PAGE 3 Does Watching the NBA Finals Make You Want to Hit the Court? PAGE 4 If you’re a basketball fan, you’ll probably be watching the NBA semifinals and finals this month. Now that the weather is cooperating, you might even be inclined to head out to a local court and prove that you’re a basketball champion too. But in your haste to prove that you’ve still got some mad ups, you may increase your chances of injury. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, there are a handful of injuries basketball players suffer more than anyone else. Here are three that basketball players commonly experience and how you can avoid them during pickup games. FEET AND ANKLES Whether it’s rolling an ankle, coming down wrong when rebounding, or accidentally getting stepped on, basketball naturally leaves athletes susceptible to these types of injuries. To protect your lower extremities,
And How You Can Prevent Them 3 COMMON BASKETBALL INJURIES
but you can still suffer from minor sprains and strains while shooting hoops. In fact, knee injuries are the third most common basketball injury. To keep your knees from working too hard, make sure you’re committed to a good stretching regimen. You should also consider using a brace if you’ve suffered a prior injury. While many injuries are unavoidable, showing up to the court unprepared is a surefire way to increase your chances of getting hurt. Follow these tips and be sure to consult a physical therapist if you have any questions or concerns. Your body will thank you for it!
you need to focus on your overall support. Playing with high-top basketball shoes is a great start because they impede your ankles’ ability to roll from side to side. It also doesn’t hurt to wrap your ankles with athletic tape if you want to take extra preventative measures or are prone to ankle injuries. HIPS AND THIGHS Jumping, running, pivoting, and playing defense all place strain on the legs and hips. Bruises and strains in these areas can result from contact on the court or overextending muscles and ligaments. The more flexible your muscles and tendons are, the less likely you are to overextend and injure them in the process. Take the time to stretch your legs and hips to prevent future injuries. KNEES Severe knee injuries, like ACL tears, are more common in high-contact sports,
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