How to Prevent Knee Injuries in Basketball

Millions of Americans love to play basketball because it provides both fun and exercise at the same time. Basketball is also a way to interact socially with others, so at first glance, it seems like the perfect activity. One of the only problems with the game of basketball is that it sometimes causes knee injuries for those who aren’t taking steps to prevent them. Whether you’re one of the best players in the world like LeBron James or a weekend warrior, learn how to play it safe with these knee injury prevention tips.

  • Stay in Shape – If you play in a league or for your school, you likely have a basketball season. Be sure you stay in shape during the offseason by getting plenty of exercise. If you don’t stay active and expect your body to be ready to start running and jumping a lot, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Weight training can strengthen your leg muscles to give your knees better support.
  • Warm Up – Warming up is a good idea for any type of physical activity and basketball is no different. Be sure to stretch and do activities like jumping jacks, walking, or stationary cycling. Cold muscles are more likely to become injured. Make sure your arms and legs are nice and limber by stretching.
  • Stay Hydrated – Mild levels of dehydration can increase your likelihood of being injured. Doctors recommend drinking 24 ounces of a non-caffeinated beverage two hours before you exercise. You should also drink eight ounces of water or a sports drink just before you get started, and be sure to stay hydrated during breaks in the game.
  • Proper Equipment – Be sure you have basketball shoes that fit well and give you support so you don’t slip and fall which is a common way to injure knees. Use protective knee pads to protect you from bruises and abrasions.

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