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This skill-sport created in 1891 by physician, Dr. James Naismith, combines movement in all directions with the need for quick changes of direction, sudden stops and jumps. The combination of these movements (fast changes of direction, stops and sudden jumps) may be the cause of many injuries, with particular focus on the knees and ankles.

As with all sports lesions, it is necessary to distinguish between traumatic lesions (accidents and injuries) and problems of overload (too much sport, jumps, unsuitable terrain, worn shoes).

Injuries 

In the case of trauma, the knee and ankle are primarily affected. Mild or severe damage to the ligaments (sprains) is possible. After consultation with a physician, it may be necessary to prescribe braces to provide better healing of the joint.

The knee

If a mild sprain is detected, such as an impairment of the medial collateral ligament, the Hinged Knee Skin brace has demonstrated the best efficacy-lightness-support. It helps in the healing along the anatomical axis of injured ligaments thanks to lateral reinforcements throughout the time period prescribed by your physician. Its implementation is easy even if the joint is painful and can not be easily bent. In addition, this brace is useful in the return to your favorite sport after injury. In the case of serious breaches, such as the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a dislocated kneecap, your physician may prescribe a Long Bracewear articulated with lateral reinforcement, which can limit the movement of the joint (after surgery, for example). Again, its implementation is easy even with pain or swollen joints.

Following many basketball jumps, players can complain of pain in the patella or the tendon below the kneecap. In adults, the physician can diagnose patellar tendonitis or Jumper's knee. If growth is not complete however, the doctor may also discuss about Osgood-Schlatter disease (for those aged between 12-14 years). This is the ideal time to implement the Q-Baby, to support the tendons in the critical phase of jumping and landing. The use of heel-pieces can also bring relief to teenagers suffering from growth pains.

Ankle

Basketball is a sport well-known for bending your ankle ligaments. With many jumps and movements, and the feet of opponents lying all around, it’s hard not to. After a visit to your physician, and once serious problems are eliminated, you may be prescribed supporting ligaments. In this situation the Trilok splint is recommended. Easy to place on the ankle, it fits snugly under laced shoes, and features bands that allow you to apply the appropriate tension. It is no surprise that this has now become the no. 1 accessory for professional basketball players. If you do not like the use of ankle supports, you might prefer tape as an adhesive strip. Fortunately, our tape range has everything you will need. We have sourced the most popular tapes used throughout the world of sports to help you make your choice. So if you do not know which to choose, we have done the work for you. Just talk to your physician or physical therapist to learn how to best implement them.

After injury

And like any traumatic event or in the case of joint pain, cold pack bandages can be used to give comfort to your aching joints after an accident (shock, sprains) or in the case of tendonitis, for example. With its easy application, ease of use, and a unique gel that does not harden even when frozen, it allows for optimal application to the injured joint. The cold action also relieves pain and allows for better mobilization of the joint.

Ah le Dr Naismith, quand il a inventé ce sport,Ah Dr. Naismith, in his invention of the sport, he did not realize the consequences he would bring to the joints of players throughout the world!

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