As the official hospital of the Boston Celtics, New England Baptist Hospital sees firsthand the many injuries basketball players can incur. From ACL tears to sprained ankles to jammed fingers, Brian McKeon, MD, NEBH Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Boston Celtics, has seen almost every injury possible. Here he discusses some of the more common injuries, and ways to prevent them.
Basketball is a fast-paced, aggressive sport that can cause a wide range of injuries, most often to the foot, ankle, and knee. Sprained ankles and knee ligament tears are common. Basketball players are also at risk for jammed fingers and stress fractures in the foot and lower leg.
The most common basketball injuries include:
Injury prevention tips:
Before you play, make sure to have the proper equipment, including: