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?