Common Injuries

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Basketball is a very physical game heavy contact can occur and injuries can happen. Few basketball teams have the services of a medical practitioner so coaches should develop some knowledge of first aid be able to recognize injuries and respond.

Ankle Injuries

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It is rare for a player not to sprain their ankles during a basketball career. The relatively confined space of the court, the speed, the jumping and variable surfaces provide a combination of circumstances that increase the odds of ankle injuries.

Knee Injuries

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The most common ligament strain, or partial tear occurs on the medial ligament which joins the two bones in the lower leg and the knee on the inside of the leg. This taping technique will protect ligament strain.

1. When taping the heel should be raised flexing the knee about 20 degrees. Using elasticised tape about 7cm wide, start the first strip about mid-calf on the inside of the leg. Bring the strip around the back of the calf and angle it up the inside of the leg, crossing just below the knee cap and extending up the medial side of the leg about 25cm.Apply a second strip over the first over-lapping it by about one third.
2. Start the third strip at the same point as the first but run it up the leg and angle it over the top of the knee-cap to end on the outside of the leg.
The fourth strip begins on the lateral side of the calf and angles under the kneecap on the side of the thigh. Repeat strips one, three, four and five, overlapping the original strips by one third.
3. Now apply a continuous strip of elasticized tape leaving the patella uncovered. Make sure the tape is not applied too tightly.
It is very important that ligament damage is properly diagnosed by a doctor. A stretched or strained ligament will repair itself a torn or ruptured ligament will not heal properly without surgical treatment.

Finger Injuries

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Probably the simplest and most effective method of strapping a sprained finger is to use a length of 2.5cm tape. Apply a basket weave over the finger joint. A piece of felt about 20mm thick may be placed between the fingers and then using tape about 1.5cm wide put encircling strips around the injured finger and the next to it above and below the injured joint.

More Serious Injuries

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The following injuries can be serious. While coach should learn to recognise the symptoms of serious injury, the most obvious and necessary advice is to call for medical help straight away.