Follow these five injury-prevention strategies for basketball:
- Have a professional screen your athletes and improve imbalances. Asymmetries or lack of symmetry from opposing sides of the body or muscle groups is a precursor to injury. Specifically look for tight ankles through Dorsi-Flexion and Valgus Knees. A Valgus knee is when the knees track inward (knocked knees).
- Improve mobility at the ankle (dorsi-flexion), hip and T-Spine. These three areas are commonly problematic.
- Teach your athletes to handle or decelerate the forces they sustain during competition/practice through proper landing mechanics and development of lower body strength.
- Improve Proprioception/Kinesthetic Awareness through various balance drills specific for the ankle and knee.
- Teach proper posture in the weight room, executing lifts with a “set back”. Teach your athletes to have proper posture in daily life i.e. don’t slouch. Poor posture could lead to shoulder and back dysfunction among other issues.