Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common injuries basketball players suffer. Dr. Valerie Tallerico, a podiatrist at UnityPoint Clinic Podiatry, said landing hard, cutting action, and colliding with another player can result in a sprained ankle. She said overuse injuries, such as stress fractures, also plague basketball players. The running and jumping associated with the game takes its toll.
|Dr. Valerie Tallerico
The key to preventing many injuries, Tallerico said, is stretching, an activity often forgotten or minimized by athletes of all ages. She said tight Achilles tendons could lead to a lot of foot problems. "Many times we see kids coming in who are tremendously tight, and they shouldn't be at this age," she said. "A lot of times they quickly go through things and get into practice and they're not warmed up." Performing exercises that strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot and ankle and increase flexibility can prevent injuries.
Source: Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal [2/28/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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