Nov 21, 2013
Post By: Children's Health
According to the National Athletic Trainers Association, ankle/foot injuries are received by approximately 35% of high school basketball players and knee injuries by approximately 11%.
Following are some tips on what to know if your child has an ankle or knee injury.
Ankle sprains are the most common basketball injury and often occur as the result of an awkward landing from a rebound or jump that stretches ligaments beyond their limits.
After treatment and rehabilitation, a full return to activity is expected. It is common for an athlete to sprain their ankle again after the initial injury, which is why it is important to continue to work on range of motion and to strengthen the ankle once the athlete returns to sports in order to reduce that chance.
Another common injury in basketball is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) sprain or tear. An ACL injury happens when the knee is twisted forcefully or hyper extended and can occur when landing from a jump, changing direction on the court or when colliding with another player. Athletes often describe a pop at the time of injury, followed by a lot of swelling within a few hours after the injury.
Athletes should see their pediatrician or pediatric sports medicine physician if pain and or swelling persist after PRICE treatment. In addition:
Knee pain that comes on slowly over time can indicate other problems, such as:
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