Hundreds of thousands of basketball-related injuries are treated by medical personnel each year, according to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These injuries can occur either due to overuse (cumulative) or due to a sudden impact (acute). Our orthopedic surgeons and specialists, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists at Houston Methodist offer world-class diagnoses and treatments to help everyone from student athletes to weekend warriors and elite professionals overcome their injury and get back on the court.

Common Basketball Injuries
The high-impact nature of the game makes players especially prone to knee, foot and ankle problems, but shoulder and wrist problems are also common. Below are
some of the areas of the body and the specific injuries a basketball player may encounter:

  • Shoulder:
    • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Hand or wrist:
    • Jammed fingers
    • Wrist sprains
  • Knee:
    • Jumper's knee or patellar tendonitis
    • Knee sprain
    • Torn meniscus
    • Torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament (ACL/PCL)
  • Foot or ankle:
    • Achilles tendonitis
    • Ankle sprains

Basketball Safety and Injury Prevention Tips
Athletes are prone to injury, whether a casual player or an elite professional. Here are some valuable tips to keep you safe and healthy.

  • A preseason physical can ensure that any problems with your knees, shoulders or other joints are identified before they can lead to injury on the court.
  • Cold muscles are much more prone to injury, so warm up and stretch before every game or practice session.
  • Whether you are playing indoors or outdoors, make sure the court is clear of any debris or potential hazards. If playing outdoors in the evening, make sure the court has adequate lighting.
  • Be prepared for emergencies with a first-aid kit, a supply of ice and the phone number of your team physician or the nearest medical facility.
  • Make sure all equipment — including knee and elbow pads — fits properly and is worn correctly.
  • If you wear glasses, protect your eyes with safety glasses or glass guards.

Trust our team of sports injury specialists at Houston Methodist to remove you from the injured list and provide you with the knowledge to help prevent future injuries.