The occasional injury is an endemic part of any sport. For young athletes, it becomes almost second nature to receive an occasional sprain. Being able to learn the sources of these injuries and how to avoid them becomes a very important part of sports like basketball, which stands out as a leading cause of many injuries in both unorganized and formal sporting settings.
Fortunately, many of the most common injuries sustained during basketball are minor; athletes that sustain them can very well walk them off and be ready for the court again in less than a week. Many of these, including ankle sprains and jammed fingers, usually only need minor attention to reduce swelling and would only occasionally need medical examination.
More serious injuries, such as those of the ligaments in the knees, may take the athlete out for the season. Modern treatments, however, can bring them back in the game for the following season.
Proper fitness is the key to avoiding some of the more common injuries. Players who haven’t played for some time should take the opportunity to recondition themselves through aerobic, agility, and strength training. In addition, overuse of muscle groups can lead to burn-out and increase the likelihood of injury. Moments of rest are just as important as training.
Finally, if there’s any cue from Michael Jordan I’d suggest people to avoid, it’s doing a flu game. Events, where players go on to dominate sports despite handicaps like illness and injury, are few and incredibly risky. I and many other right-minded sports enthusiasts still generally advise against players continuing to play after an injury or illness until given permission from their doctors.