Prevent Achilles tendon injury during basketball | UCHealth Sports Med


The Achilles [tendon] is one of your body’s main stress points while playing basketball
It’s largely responsible for stretching and contracting the calf muscle. So every time you jump or run
[it’s] getting a strenuous workout. Series Achilles tendon injuries are rare
But basketball is one of the main culprits so make sure that you’re prepared before you go out on the court.
Achilles tendon tears are far more common in men especially over the age of 40.
It’s rarely preceded by any symptoms
But that doesn’t mean we should avoid taking preventive measures.
E-ccentric exercises are the single best thing you can do to prevent these kinds of injuries which help to stretch out the muscles so that the
Tendon doesn’t snap when contracting rapidly. Balance is also very helpful
so focus on improving your single leg endurance on flat ground or on a balance trainer
Building up core strength will also improve your odds of avoiding injury
So keep doing those planks and sit-ups
Fatigue is another major Contributor [to] these types of injuries
So starting a conditioning routine to boost your general endurance will go a long way
Always perform a dynamic stretching routine before you exercise to get your muscles prepared for rigorous
Activity and a static routine at the end will help keep them from cramping on your way home. If you do suffer an Achilles injury
You might not know it right away as the pain varies from minimal to intense
but usually patients report hearing a pop or thinking they got kicked in the back of the leg
If this happens to you stop playing immediately and seek [professional] medical advice
It’s possible to recover from an achilles tear without surgery
But the Likelihood of returning to 100% is less without it. Sports like basketball always carry a risk and you can never prevent
100% of injuries, but [you] don’t have to wait for these things to happen to you
You can use these techniques to be proactive in your training, and if you do end up hurt you always know where to find us

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