Every sport that man has ever played does have some potential for injury. In most cases, the potential dangers are quite obvious. With football and games such as hockey, most people are actually impressed when there are no injuries in a game. Then there are sports that you really do not expect injuries to occur, even knowing that accidents can happen anywhere. Basketball is a game that most people feel is safe. Most injuries occur because two people end up crossing paths when one or the other should have done something slightly different. How can you have so many people chasing after a single ball and not cross paths at some point? With that being said, some of the most common injuries for a basketball player may still surprise you.

When kids are playing basketball, it is very common for them to end up getting hurt. The most common injuries are sprains and muscle strains from them trying to duck and dodge around other players and then trying to jump and slam dunk the ball. Eye and mouth injuries are also very common because kids are more likely to play rough when they get together. Most of the time it is accidental injuries. For the most part, none of the injuries are major, but there are times when kids need to be seen by a doctor for treatment.

With adult players, there is still some risk for injuries. When playing basketball, you often have to make quick movements, which do lead to sprains and strains, especially around the knee and in the back of the calf. However, there are also some people who injure their shoulder from reaching up to toss the ball. There are also some more severe injuries. Jammed and broken fingers are not uncommon injuries. There may also be the normal bumps and bruises that come from random contact between two players.

Basketball is not a violent sport. There are others that require more physical contact. However, any time that you have a lot of people who are trying to make points and win at a competition, you do have a chance for possible injuries. Just if you have an interest in basketball, you may at some point find yourself getting poked in the eye, elbowed in the mouth, or suffering from a sprained ankle. Are you willing to take that chance for the love of the game?

Basketball may look like a bunch of people running around chasing a ball and dribbling it back into a range where they can throw it up into the air and hope it falls through the hoop. In many cases, this is basically the idea of the game. You have to try and make a good score by putting that ball through the hoop. However, to be really good at the game, you have to have a few tricks up your sleeve. There are special dribbling moves that you can make and there are trick shots that you can pull off. You just have to be willing to take the time to practice and see how much your gameplay improves.

If you want to dribble and become better at keeping the ball away from your opponent, you can try to learn new dribbling techniques. One of the easiest is learning how to switch and dribble behind your back. This passing technique is sometimes enough to throw off your opponent because they will not expect you to be able to do it. They will reach for the hand that has the ball in play and you have already switched hands. If the person you are playing against knows that you are able to do it, though, they will be watching for it on the next game, at which time you will have to try something else. The figure 4 technique that most basketball players already know can be reversed. This does take a lot of practice, but it could be worth it.

Some of the best trick shots use trampolines, which most people do not put on a basketball court. This does limit your ability to make an outstanding shot and have it hit its mark. However, if you can perfect learning how to throw a ball from midcourt or practice up on your slam dunk, and still pull off some pretty amazing moves. Perhaps even better if you can take a shot from across the entire court and have it hit the hoop. From there, you can work on jumping higher and figuring out how to make the backboard work in your favor. Even if you are unable to toss the ball and have it hit the hoop, you should be able to hit the backboard and have the ball go where you need it to.

It stands to reason that with a hoop placed 10ft off the floor, anyone who wants to put a ball through an 18in basket would need to be tall. However, throughout history, there have not been many people, men or women, that could reach that tall. This poses a unique challenge of having a person who can at least jump and throw a ball accurately enough to have the ball sink through the hoop. With that, there still needs to be some tallness to the person jumping and throwing the ball. Most people can only jump a few feet up into the air, and some are not even able to make it that high. So how tall does a basketball player need to be?

When it comes to male members of the MBA, most basketball players are an average height is about 6’7” tall. Considering that the average height for most American men is only 5’9” it does take a special person to be able to play basketball and perhaps it is why we always feel that a man playing basketball has to be extremely tall. However, whether a man makes a good basketball player or not depends on more than his height. His weight, his speed, and his ability to jump are all factors that can make even a shorter man able to play the game. This is proven by Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, who is known as the shortest professional basketball player ever. He stood only 5’3” tall, which is shorter than the average sized woman. To counter that, the tallest man ever to play professional basketball is Sun Mingming who stood an astounding 7’9” tall.

Women who are a part of the WBA also have to be taller than average, though, as a general rule, their tallest players are nowhere near as tall as the men who play. However, there are a few women, like Malgorzata Dydek, who are the exception. Dydek stood 7’2” tall and she did earn recognition as being the tallest female basketball player in the world. The shortest female basketball players are about 5’2” and there are quite a few of them, even though the average height for most females in this sport is just under 6ft tall.