HOW CAN I PREVENT OR AVOID A KNEE INJURY WHILE PLAYING BASKETBALL?
According to professional athletic trainers for the NBATA, wearing a Bauerfeind brace or knee support can minimise your chances of injury (1) by providing enhanced stability, proprioception (2) and medical-grade compression. Some of the most common forms of injury while playing basketball include jumper’s knee, ACL and MCL tears and inflammation. Bauerfeind knee braces help to promote blood flow with the use of our 3D weaved medical grade compression, something not found when using simple neoprene sleeves and braces. This added support will help stabilise your joint without limiting your ability to dribble down a court or complete your next layup.
HOW TO TREAT A BASKETBALL KNEE INJURY
- We recommend visiting a physiotherapist for treatment and advice on treating common basketball injuries. They may recommend the following treatments.
- Strains or Sprains. Many sprains and strains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A good physiotherapist can assist with the recovery however prevention is always better than cure.
- Jumper’s Knee. This is the common name for Patellar tendonitis. Rarely does this condition require surgery. It can generally be treated using a combination of anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) and exercise. Corticosteroid injections may also be used.
- Meniscal Tearing. Simple meniscal tears may be treated with the RICE method and anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced tears may require surgery. Surgery for meniscal tears are minimally invasive and allow for quicker recovery time.
Play it safe: Consult a doctor if you experience unusually intense and persistent knee pain.
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