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As temperatures cool, basketball practice is starting across the country. From youth leagues to pick-up games at the gym, basketball is a popular sport with boys and girls, men and women, young and old. With the right precautions, it can be one of the safer sports for athletes of any age.
First, the bad news for players: A 2005 study found that basketball injuries topped the list of sports-related injuries that sent players to the emergency room. These injuries can range from ankle sprains and facial cuts to jammed fingers and knee injuries. Here are a few ways to reduce such injuries:
* Before you compete, have a physical examination. As we mentioned in our post on youth sports safety in May, pre-participation examinations or physicals should be completed annually, and specific sports testing should be completed to determine whether it is safe to participate in your chosen sport. read more