While rebounding in basketball is an integral part of the game, it was also associated with 25% of injuries in high school basketball. New research also found the most commonly injured body site was to the ankle or foot, resulting in 40% of injuries.

Many may perceive the knee as being a common basketball-related injury, but according to a recent study published in the online issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, knee injuries accounted for 15% of injuries; followed by the head, face, or neck, (14%); and the arm or hand (10%), all far behind the number of foot and ankle injuries.

The researchers were surprised by some findings pertaining to gender comparisons.”

Females were more than two times more likely than males to experience concussions. Other gender differences were that females were 70% more likely to have a knee injury, while males were nearly 90% more likely to sustain a fracture and more than 50% more likely to sustain a contusion.

The guard position accounted for the most injuries at 50% for males and 46% for females. Player collisions accounted for almost 25% of all injuries.

Data for the study were collected from the 2005-2007 National High School Sports Injury Surveillance Study and were funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CIRP works globally to reduce injury-related pediatric death and disabilities, and to improve the scientific understanding of the biomechanics, prevention, acute treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries.

[Source: Newswise]