Player Out for Season After Basketball Injuries

March 31, 2017

Basketball season is now in full swing, which means that basketball players are now also becoming injured. Dwayne Wade, a guard on the Chicago Bulls basketball team, was injured during a recent game against the Memphis Grizzlies. During a play, Wade’s arm was twisted, causing a fracture and sprain in his right elbow. Consequently, ESPN reports, Wade will not be able to play for the rest of the regular NBA season. Although it will take time for his injuries to heal, his arm luckily does not require surgery.

The Wide Range of Basketball Injuries

Basketball is not a contact sport, but the high-speed and aggressive nature of the sport still make it dangerous. Injuries are grouped into two categories based on how they were sustained: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. Basketball players can become injured by something as simple as tripping, improper warm-up or technique, or by fouls by other players.
Basketball injuries can occur in all parts of the body. According to Physio Works, 42% of basketball injuries occur in the ankle and foot. Players also often injure their knees, hips and thighs, and thumbs. Some of the most common basketball injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Tendonitis
  • Dislocated joints

Long-term Impacts of Basketball Injuries

Although most basketball injuries do not require long-term rehabilitation to heal, even minor injuries can still have negative impacts. When a player is injured, the rest of the team suffers too: coaches and other players must reformulate their game plans and strategies. For the injured player, sitting out a game or a season can be a lost opportunity for advancement. This can be most impactful for student basketball players and young professionals.

A good lawyer can be useful and even necessary when basketball players are injured. When professional basketball players are injured, they may be able to receive the medical care they need through their team and association. However, monetary recovery can be more complicated. Particularly in California, workers’ compensation for professional athletes is limited. With a good lawyer, you can recovery medical expenses, potential lost earnings, and more.

If you or a loved one was injured in a basketball accident contact a personal injury attorney to help you. To schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in sports injuries, contact the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim in Los Angeles County. Call 800-LAW-TALK (529-8255) or contact us online.

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