Episode 113: How can basketball players lower their risk of injuries?

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What injuries are most common in basketball? And how can players decrease their risk of suffering them?

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2 Responses to Episode 113: How can basketball players lower their risk of injuries?

  1. Dr. Geier,

    First time listener. I really enjoyed your latest episode and your blog. I’ll continue to share your posts.

    In regards to the prophylactic ankle braces, I believe they will decrease the athlete’s performance and actually increase the risk of injury at other joints. If you limit motion at one joint, other joints have to pick up the slack.

    My colleagues and I assessed the closed ankle dorsiflexion ROM of young recreational athletes in relation to functional measures. We found a correlation between ankle DF ROM and the drop jump, Y-Balance Test, and FMS scores.

    Long story short, dorsiflexion matters.

    It also may be worth considering where the ankle injuries occur on the court with the most frequency. In my experience they’ve occurred underneath the hoop and when the athlete lands on an opponents foot instead of the court.

    Look forward to future posts!

    Cody Mansfield, ATC, CSCS, SPT

    • Thanks Cody! I really appreciate that! I agree with you on the mechanism of many basketball injuries. And generally I have never advocated prophylactic ankle braces for a player with no history of ankle sprains. Even the article I mentioned did show a slight increase in other injuries in players who wore them. I would favor the prevention program first, personally. I’m glad the bog and podcast have been helpful so far!

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