Safety Tips: Basketball

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The player guards the offensive player wherever they go on the court. Man-to-man defense can be very affective against a strong outside shooting team. Man-to-man can also help with rebounding as each defender can block out the person they are guarding and no one can slip into open zones like they can on zone defense.

Sometimes teams run a combination of zone and man-to-man. One example of this is the box-and-one. In this defense four players play zone in a box shape and one player plays man-to-man usually on the offensive team's best player. Other basketball defensive strategies include: Full court press - where a team will play defense over the entire court hoping to trap or steal the ball.

Double Team - where two players will cover the player with the ball Offensive Basketball Strategy Offensive basketball strategies may include designed plays to a style of play.

Teams tend to want to play an up-tempo fast break game or they want to slow the game down and get into their half court offense. Teams with athletic and fast players may want to play a fast paced game where they can take advantage of their speed in the open court. Other teams may feel they can excel in a half court game taking advantage of their designed plays, outside shooting, or post up play.

The key to any good offensive strategy is passing. The ball can be passed faster and more effectively than it can be dribbled. By passing the ball around quickly an offensive basketball team can cause the defensive team to move and make adjustments. Enough good passes and eventually an offensive player will get a good open shot. One of the staples to most any basketball offensive game is the pick-and-roll. This is when one offensive player will stand in the way of a player defending another offensive player who has the ball.

The player with the ball will then start to make a move. Guys want to be the next LeBron or Shaq. Girls want to be the next hotshot recruit at UConn or Tennessee. But there's more to it than just fame and fortune. Everyone is playing because they love the game of basketball. It may be fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently.

Also, since basketball players play year-round, indoors and out, many suffer from repetitive stress injuries RSIs like tendonitis. To help make sure you're doing everything you can to stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips. Nearly half a million basketball injuries are treated by doctors and hospitals each year. Fortunately, very few of those injuries are life threatening. Some like broken bones, concussions, and ligament tears can be quite serious, though.

And while playing through the pain might seem noble, it can lead to serious muscle and joint problems over time. Sprained ankles are the most common basketball injuries, but jammed or broken fingers, bruises, bloody or broken noses, and poked eyes are all too common as well.

When playing outdoors, abrasions particularly to the palms and fingers are always a risk. Indoor ball presents its own hazards in the form of walls and bleachers, and players are bound to collide going after loose balls and rebounds wherever they play. If you've got two people, a ball, and a basketball hoop, you've got just about everything you need for a basketball game. But this doesn't mean you don't need to pay attention to what you wear, especially on your feet.

Since basketball can involve anywhere from two to 10 players, it can be played in small spaces as easily as giant arenas.

Driveways, playgrounds, gyms, and barnyards are all potential courts and present basketball players with an ever-changing variety of surfaces. Regardless of where you choose to play, you should always inspect the court before you start and make sure it is free of debris, particularly broken glass ouch! The court surface should also be free of any cracks, holes, or irregularities that could lead to sprained or twisted ankles.

If you're going to play outside at night, be sure the court is well lit and in a safe area. Indoor courts should give you plenty of distance between the edges of the court and any walls, bleachers, or other obstacles.

Basket stands and any walls near them should be well padded and properly secured. Store extra equipment like balls, gym bags, and other gear where they won't interfere with players going after loose balls. As with many sports, basketball requires running, jumping, and other athletic movements. Staying in good shape year-round will not only make you better at these actions, it will help reduce your risk of injury and improve your stamina so you can play harder for longer periods of time.

Be sure to get plenty of exercise before the season starts, and always try to eat a healthy diet. Warm up and stretch before you start playing.

This doesn't mean just shooting a few hoops or dribbling with both hands. Do some jumping jacks or run in place for a couple of minutes, and then have a good stretching session, paying particular attention to your ankles, wrists, calves, and hamstrings. It's a good idea to stretch after a game, too.

Practice shooting, dribbling, layups, and running the court before you try to duplicate these maneuvers during a game. Knowing how to do what you want to do will make your movements less awkward and less prone to injury. And naturally, know the rules and how to play safely before you compete against other players. Once the ball is put in play, things will start to move quickly on the court. Know where your teammates and any opponents are at all times.

This will help you avoid potentially painful collisions. Fouling other players will not only hurt your team and possibly land you a seat on the bench, it's also a very common source of injuries. Play within the rules, with no shoving, tripping, or holding, and always obey the officials. Never deliberately or flagrantly foul another player. If you get tired during the course of a game, ask to come out for a while to catch your breath, and be sure to stay well hydrated.

Heat stroke and dehydration are legitimate risks, particularly on sunny outdoor courts. If you feel pain in any of your joints or muscles, stop playing right away.