Athletic Training 101


Athletic Training 101
October 2nd, 2005

Welcome everyone to Athletic Training 101. I’m Professor Max Benton. With the average person becoming more and more knowledgeable and active in sports, this class is dedicated to sports medicine which plays a very significant part during an NBA season. Our textbook for the season will be the 1st edition of the National Basketball Trainer’s Association website guide. You can view it by clicking here for even more in-depth information. Let’s begin.

First off, we’re going to start with some fast facts about injuries in the NBA.

Fast Facts:

  • NBTA records indicate that the most common injury suffered by NBA players is a sprained ankle.

  • Most ankle sprains occur when one player steps on another player’s foot and more than 90 percent of all ankle sprains involve the lateral aspect of the ankle.

  • Three ankle sprains are sustained for every 10 regular season games played in the NBA. There are 30 teams, with each playing 82 games for a total of 2,460 NBA regular season games. Divide that by 10 and multiply it by 3 and you can expect 738 ankle sprains a year. This doesn’t even count practices or playoffs.

  • NBTA records indicate that players older than 30 are seven times more likely to tear the Achilles tendon than those younger than 30.

  • NBTA records indicate that during the course of a regular season, more playing time will be lost because of inflammation of the knee, patella and patellar tendon, than from any other injury.

  • NBTA records indicate that no significant eye injury has been sustained by a player wearing protective goggles.

    Now for a class question:

    What is the best ankle brace for someone who sprains their ankles frequently? (Shaun Moffett - Kentucky)

    Answer: Shaun, that’s a great question. Many ankle braces are sufficient for allowing athletes to play with the support needed to prevent a recurring injury. I would say a good ankle brace to start with is the Mueller Ankle Brace. You can probably find it at Dick’s Sporting Goods or any sporting good store. If you need even more support, there is a lace-up ankle brace that provides more stability and lateral movement by either Don Joy Rocket Sock or the ASO Ankle Brace. Again, great question Shaun.

    Next class we are going to focus on increasing your knowledge of medical terms through our elaborate medical glossary. Hope to see you back at CCU!