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Published January 2, 2019

Playing basketball, there are some common injuries that players sustain. Fortunately, there are some ways to avoid getting these injuries or lessen the damage. Protection can make the difference between a bruising vs a torn ligament which requires surgery to resolve.

Here are a few of the issues that crop up:

Sprained Ankle

Getting a sprained ankle when playing basketball is quite common. The degree to which a player will stop, turn quickly and head in a different direction is quite frequent. This puts the ankle through its paces. Sometimes the joints and ligaments haven’t been stretched out or warmed up yet; other times, they’re just not strong enough to handle a robust game of ball.Before going to ground make sure you wear all protective gears which is available at so you have to enjoy your game.

If you sustain an ankle sprain:Sprained Ankle injure during match

  1. Take the weight off your feet immediately
  2. Apply ice to the ankle that’s affected. Do so every 20-25 minutes and reapply every two hours
  3. Use a wrap that acts to compress the ankle to prevent as much swelling
  4. Get your leg up above your seated height to let the blood not pool at the ankle. Be sure that the leg is raise above where your heart it positioned.

Wounds to the Head or Face

An arm, hand or shoulder that impacts you while playing ball can cause a cut. It doesn’t take much to break the initial surface layer of skin because these are delicate areas. Due to the amount of blood vessels in the head and face, the bleeding is disproportionately higher than other areas of the body.

Here is how to deal with this kind of injury:

  1. Put pressure on the cut area to stem the blood loss
  2. A wound dressing can be applied to soak up the blood and let the wound clot
  3. If the cut is significant and won’t heal on its own, go to the hospital to get the wound stitched up
  4. If it’s fairly minor, use antiseptic to clean the cut and then a band-aid to cover it from infection while it heals up.

Also, if there is blood on the court, get it cleaned before play resumes because it can create a slippery, unsafe surface to play on.

Knee Sprains

Using the same method as with a sprained ankle is useful to reduce swelling. However, if the swelling is not going down and it appears the knee is unstable, then consider whether an x-ray is required to confirm if an ACL or other injury has been sustained.

Jammed Finger

A jammed finger is easy to happen when playing ball. You can certainly tape one finger to a second one to give both more stability and reduce the chance of jamming a finger.Jammed Finger

Put your affected finger in water for 20-30 minutes to let the bruising calm down. In most cases, it’s not that serious and is just painful. If it is seriously painful with a sharp pain, though, then a finger could be broken and require hospital treatment.

Injuries can happen when playing ball. It’s a fast-moving sport with a lot of body movement, with arms and shoulder moving around quickly. Take care when playing ball.