Basketball is a sport that practically every Dutch person has played at some time. Basketball is officially not a contact sport, but in practice physical contact does regularly occur during a basketball match. During a basketball match, there is much jumping. Jumping increases the risk of injuries. The most commonly occurring injuries in basketball are ankle injuries, followed by knee injuries. In addition, finger, upper leg and lower leg injuries occur regularly.

Ankle
A commonly occurring injury in basketball is a sprained or twisted ankle. In most cases, the injury occurs following a landing on the outside of the foot, whereby the sole of the foot twists too far inwards. On the outside of the foot, capsula, ligaments and nerve fibre can be damaged due to overstretching. On the inside, cartilage can be damaged by excessive compression. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the tissue on the outside is either stretched or torn. This damage causes bleeding in the ankle. As a result, the ankle swells, (after a short time) bruises and becomes painful.
The damaged tissue heals naturally just like a wound on the skin. However, muscle and nerve fibre does not automatically regain its original function. Muscle and nerve fibre must be trained. This is possible with simple balance exercises. In addition, the ankle must be protected to prevent the risk of recurrence. A Push Sports Ankle Brace is an excellent solution.

Knee
The knee is a joint susceptible to injury. The knee joint can be damaged through twisting. In such a twisting incident (cruciate) ligaments and meniscus tissue can be damaged. Injury to the meniscus can cause swelling and it may no longer be possible to correctly bend and extend the knee. Serious injury to the cruciate ligaments often causes internal bleeding or accumulation of fluid. The knee then feels swollen and warm, is painful and no longer moves well. In the event of a serious twisted knee, cruciate ligaments and the inner meniscus are often both damaged. If injury to the cruciate ligaments is suspected, it is important that the correct diagnosis be made by a sport physician and/or sport physiotherapist. During and following recovery from a knee injury, it may be worthwhile to protect the knee (during sport) with a Push Sports Knee Brace.

Fingers
The fingers are commonly injured during basketball as a result of contact with the relatively heavy ball. The nature of the finger injuries is that the ligaments around the joints can be damaged. In the worst case, the finger can be broken and/or dislocated. Following dislocation or in the case of a suspected fracture, an X-ray examination is necessary. Most damage to the finger heals itself.

Thumb
An acute thumb injury is generally caused by a fall or a collision with another player or the ball. The injury is the result of the straining or ‘bending backwards’ of the thumb.
The main symptoms are acute pain, swelling and reduced mobility the thumb. The pain is caused because tissue around the thumb has been damaged. Following the correct treatment, these problems generally disappear. During the healing process, the thumb can be protected by wearing a Push Sports Thumb Brace. This brace is particularly suitable for continued wearing when you return to basketball. The protective function of the brace can prevent recurring injuries and leaves the thumb free for the ball handling so necessary in basketball.

Matching injuries

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Patella injury

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Thumb injury

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Ankle injury

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