I am an electrician, but I also play basketball when I can get the time. In fact, I am training my daughter and my son to play basketball too, and then we can become the basketball family. Although we do it for fun and exercise, we take it very seriously. That is why we consider all the safety measures, just as I do when I am doing electrical jobs.
If you look at statistics, you will see that close to 1 million injuries occurring on the basketball courts find their way into the hospital’s emergency room. It is easy to see why this happens. One of the reasons is that basketball is a close contact sport and so, whether deliberately or not, you will eventually get an elbow in your ribs.
Don’t worry about the ribs though because stats show that the most common basketball injuries happen to the legs, especially to the knee, calf and ankle. However, if you love your game, you will be happy to know that it is quite possible to avoid even such injuries. The best thing is to look for basketball safety tips such as the ones that I will share with you here.
Know your health status
Maybe you have a bad heart and you do not know, or maybe your lungs cannot take the exertion and the need for air that comes with playing basketball. In this case, it is always good to see a physician to give you or your child a clean bill of health before you can play basketball. This involves them doing a physical on the children, ensuring that their bodies can handle the strain. In case they have to, they will limit the hours that your children can play on the court. It is best to obey the instructions of the physician.
Wear the right gear always
As we have said, the most common basketball injuries involve the knees and the ankles. Thus, when you are buying your gear, remember to include basketball knee pads. These will leave your skin intact even if you take a nasty fall.
You also need the right shoes. This is very important because shoes can prevent you from falling. They must have the right arch support, and the cushioning must be correct. Above all, the traction must be perfect because there will be many missed steps on the court.
Basketball is a high-speed game, everything happens at the nick of time. Thus, if your shoes cannot bear the brunt, they could cause your serious falls.
Make sure the shoes fit. If they are too large, your foot could slip inside the shoe. They should also be flexible so that they bend and straighten with the movement of the foot.
Good preparation before a game
Knotted muscles occur when you take to a game of basketball without due warmup and preparation. You must always do some stretching exercises to prepare for the game.
If you aim to come out of that field with your muscles and limbs intact, stretch out before getting on the court. Basketball injuries are common, but these safety tips can help you prevent their occurrence.