Jumping and landing improperly during basketball can injure your joints.
Basketball , offers several advantages in terms of health and fitness. However, the game of basketball isn't for everyone. Because of its intensity, the risk of injury when participating in basketball is high. You should also consider physical limitations before participating in the sport. Before starting a new exercise program or sport you always consult with your health care provider.
Basketball can be taxing on the body. Jumping, pivoting, physical contact and high-energy bursts of running are all elements of the game. During practice and competitive play, back pain can result in athletes that range from bruises, strains and spasms, in the opinion of physicians Josh Dines and Rock Positano. Other common short-term injuries that plague basketball players include sprained ankles, jammed fingers and stress fractures in the feet and lower legs, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
There is also a risk of long-term spine injury when playing basketball. Injuries to the spinal column can result in stress fractures of the vertebrae. This can happen from repetitive hyper-extension of the lower back according to Dines and Positano. Trauma or chronic injury to the spine can result in ruptured disks, loss of elasticity and even disk degeneration. It can be very painful and disabling when the spine loses elasticity and the discs begin to wear out, says spine surgeon for Frank Camissa.
While basketball players may not be taking repetitive hits to the head like football and hockey players, they do get hit. Even mild bumps can cause serious trauma in some cases says neurologist Jeffrey Kutcher. It difficult to classify any head injury as being without long-term health risks, according to Kutcher.
Basketball is a fast-action game that includes pivoting, twisting, running and jumping. It's an endurance sport that requires high energy output without much rest time, according to Teens Health. Because of its high-intensity nature, those with asthma may find it challenging to participate and may need medication to succeed in the sport. Because of the physical demands needed for jumping, sprinting and shooting, you'll need sturdy bones and joints as well. Your knees, for example, take a pounding when jumping and landing and also when running back and forth on the court. If you have compromised joints and bones, the physical demands of basketball will put undue strain on these areas of the body.