What is a stress fracture? Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone. These tiny breaks develop when repetitive forces placed on the bone exceed its ability to absorb them and repair itself. When the muscles become too fatigued to absorb the extra forces, the bone gets damaged and the tiny fractures appear.
Knee and hip injuries are two of the most common sports related injuries among athletes, and basketball injuries make up some of the most varied sports injuries. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in a high school championship or for an NBA title, the physicality of basketball is one reason why injuries to your knees and hips can result.
One type of knee injury, the sprain, results from a ligament tear not severe enough to make your knee give out. In order for it to heal properly you will need to immobilize the knee. Once the tear has healed you will need to perform stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles to keep the knee in place. A more severe knee injury like a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) will make your knee give out immediately, but it doesn’t always require surgery to participate in sports again. You may only have to do special exercises to strengthen the thigh muscle and wear a knee brace.
Hip injuries are very painful, take longer to heal, and often occur as the result of a fall. The most common hip problem is the hip pointer injury, which results from impact to the iliac crest of the pelvis. This injury usually results in a sharp and strong pain and requires a long recovery. Avoiding a hip injury is really difficult, but there is protective hip equipment available to help reduce the chances of serious injury. If an athlete suffers a hip injury, never attempt to return to training before being given the all clear by a professional. Returning too soon can lead to further complications and a much longer lay off. Also, keep in mind before you start exercising to warm-up and stretch because it will help warm up your muscles, increase flexibility, reduce stiffness and prevent injury.
Medical Disclaimer: Always talk to a medical consultant before starting a new exercise routine, returning to exercise after injury, or if you have any health care-related questions.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer