Basketball is a way of life for millions of American teens. It's fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. Also, because basketball players play year-round, indoors and out, many get repetitive stress injuries like tendonitis.

    To stay as safe as possible, follow these tips.

    Safe Basketball Gear

    Safety gear for basketball includes:

    • a mouthguard to prevent broken teeth and mouth and tongue injuries (this is required in some leagues)
    • protective eyewear

    All basketball players should also wear:

    • basketball sneakers that are supportive and fit well
    • an athletic supporter (for guys)
    • a supportive sports bra (for girls)

    Safe Basketball Training

    To prevent injuries during training:

    • Be in good shape before starting the season.
    • Always warm up and stretch before practice and games.
    • Stop training if you get hurt or feel pain. Get checked by an athletic trainer, coach, doctor, or nurse before going back to training.
    • Play different sports throughout the year to prevent overuse injuries.

    Safe Play

    All coaches should emphasize safe, fair play. This includes:

    • knowing the rules of the game
    • making sure the court is in good condition
    • having a first-aid kit available at all practices and games
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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