Everybody knows the sound. A simple pass caught just wrong enough. Thens theres the pop. Everyone knows what happened. A finger has been jammed. Sprained or “jammed’ fingers might be one of the most common basketball injuries out there. Again, not a gruesome or devastating injury, but one of the most annoying.
“I hate jamming my fingers,” said senior basketball player Jake Taylor. “It always happens when I’m catching the ball, usually on a pass.”
When catching the ball, players whose hands aren’t quite ready, get the ball slammed into their fingers and jammed back towards their palm.
Not all fingers impact a player the same. A sprained pinky won’t affect someone as much as a sprained pointer or middle finger. For a point guard or shooting guard those fingers are crucial, shooting, dribbling and passing are all tough things to do with those fingers sprained or buddy taped.
Icing immediately after the injury happens usually helps out. When ready to play with the sprained finger again tape is your best friend.
“Buddy taping your sprained finger to the one next to it is a good way to do it,” said Taylor.
“In between the first and second knuckle, and another piece around the second and third should do the trick.”
A common injury in nearly all sports that involve running. These are a pain for all athletes.
“I have had 2 sprained ankles while playing basketball,” said senior Robert Seludo.
Among basketball injuries, sprained ankles seem to be one of the most prevalent and one of the most frustrating for players.
“They suck. A sprained ankle isn’t a devastating injury, but it’s just enough pain to keep someone from playing,” said Seludo.
The healing process of a sprained ankle can vary depending on the seriousness of the sprain. Some ankle sprains require as little as a day or two off from practice, or heavy tape.
Seludo sprained his ankle in practice last week and is currently rehabbing.
“The way I deal with a sprained ankle is too write the ABC’s with my toes. I take off my shoes and socks and sit down, then I pretend to write the ABC’s. Uppercase and lowercase. It helps me get my range of motion back and even though it hurts, it helps a lot and allows it to get better quicker.’’
The ABC’s allow blood to reach all areas of the ankle. By writing all the different letters it puts the ankle at every angle and helps increase range of motion.
Icing is a crucial part in nearly all injuries. Ice prevents swelling. It decreases blood flow and relieves pain as well.
“I iced my ankle as much as I could when I was hurt,” said senior Wyatt Barajas.
“My ankle was pretty bad, but ice always made it feel better. In the end I definitely feel like it sped up the healing process.”