The best way to avoid injury in basketball is to not play the game at all.
Injury and physical preservation for basketball has become a topic of discussion lately, as NBA Champion Kawhi Leonard continues to sit out games for “rest” and the NBA tries to curtail the practice.
In reading the replies to some tweets about Kawhi’s rest schedule, I’ve seen some fans defend the concept by pointing out that resting “prevents” injury.
This is incorrect.
Playing in a basketball game puts you, the player, in no more danger than participating in basketball practice.
If you’re on the court, playing basketball, you run the risk of injury. That’s just the inherent risk that you accept by playing basketball, or any other sport.
An injury is damage to the body caused by external force. While there are other factors that can come into play (a more physical game, the fitness of a participant, for example), generally speaking, playing the game more or less often doesn’t lower or raise your risk of injury once you’re on the court.
Growing up playing ball, my neighborhood Rec center held holiday tournaments where a handful of high schools would bring their teams to compete.
Simon Gratz was perennially one of the strongest programs in the city. In warmups, Gratz players wore t-shirts that said, “if you’re scared, get a dog.” Gratz’s mascot was a bulldog.
Bottom line for injury-averse players: if you don’t want to get injured playing sports, don’t play sports.
That’s the only way to guarantee it doesn’t happen.
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