What to Discover or Recall:
Discover the magnitude and responsibility of player safety and injury prevention.
Comprehend that, in addition to first aid certification, coaches need to be conscious of specific basketball related injuries.
Realize the importance of maintaining a players' emergency phone number list and to have it available, along with a first aid kit, for every practice and game.
Learn to be cognizant of potential safety hazards on and around the court at all times.
Understand the importance of never putting a player at risk by having them play while injured.
Unfortunately basketball injuries do occur. Each year, more than 1.6 million basketball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms. Therefore, coaches must be first aid trained and certified. Also, make it your job to be aware of any health problems your players may possess. Be sure to create a list of players’ emergency phone numbers and keep it available at all times.
Be extremely cautious when it comes to head, neck and back injuries. Also, do not ever put a player at risk. Most players will insist on playing injured. However, no matter how big the game, never play an injured player without a doctor’s permission or until they’re fully recovered.
Adhere to the first aid adage, "Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Learn to be cognizant of potential dangers and hazards around the court area at all times. Make sure that a first aid kit and supplies including ice or cold packs are available for every practice and game.
Starting a strenuous physical activity, such as basketball, without proper warm-up is detrimental to athletic performance and health. The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare for muscular activity, and is not an exhausting activity to bring on fatigue. It should be composed mainly of stretching and light running exercises. It should be of sufficient duration and intensity to adequately prepare players for the physical demands of the game or work-out.
Cooling down and/or stretching after practice can be more beneficial to injury prevention than stretching at the start of practice. Think about ending workouts and practices by making 10 consecutive free throws. For younger players make 10 free throws.
Continue and review the most common basketball injuries.