While my depth perception means that even my granny shot on a basketball court is pretty bad, I’ve seen the damage one can do while playing. My husband has played in office-related leagues from time to time, and he wound up with a pretty bad rib injury (he probably bruised it) from a collision with another player a couple of years ago. So the warning calls about concussions on the court aren’t all that far-fetched for me.
As with any sport, taking the right precautions can greatly reduce your chances of injury while playing, either at practice, shooting hoops for fun, or in an organized game. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to play safely, at any age.
Playing basketball — safely — at any age
As temperatures cool, basketball practice is starting across the country. From youth leagues to pick-up games at the gym, basketball is a popular sport with boys and girls, men and women, young and old. With the right precautions, it can be one of the safer sports for athletes of any age.
First, the bad news for players: A 2005 study found that basketball injuries topped the list of sports-related injuries that sent players to the emergency room. These injuries can range from ankle sprains and facial cuts to jammed fingers and knee injuries. Here are a few ways to reduce such injuries: