While basketball is a fun sport that benefits your physical health, playing or practicing the wrong way can lead to sports injuries. Follow these tips to play safely and enjoy yourself on the court.
3 Tips for Safe Basketball Practice
1. Stretch & Warm Up
Participating in sports with tense muscles and unprepared joints will lead to cramps, sprains, or even more serious sports injuries. Mitigate injury potential by stretching for a few minutes before basketball games and practice. You should also gradually warm up to full play with a light jog or exercise after stretching.
2. Wear the Correct Shoes
You’re more at risk for foot pain, ankle sprains, and other injuries if you don’t have the right shoes. They should absorb shock from your landings after running or jumping, so look for comfortable insoles and thick soles. The openings also shouldn’t be so tight that they restrict your ankles from moving or rotating effectively. The tread on the bottom should effectively grip the court so you don’t slip.
3. Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise will keep your body in shape, increasing your strength and stamina. Work out all muscle groups to provide your legs, core, and arms with the support necessary to handle jumps, frequent sprints, and aggressive ball throws. For example, push-ups can help strengthen your arms and core. Lunges will build up your legs. Jogging will increase stamina all around.
Luke Chiropractic & Sports Injury in Honolulu, HI, has helped patients of all ages and backgrounds feel better after sports injuries. With 32 years of experience, lead chiropractor Dr. Bryan Luke will provide relief with spinal decompression, cold laser therapy, and other chiropractic adjustments. To schedule a free consultation, call the clinic at (808) 591-2400 today. You can also visit their website to learn more about their services.