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Basketball Injury Risk Factors

There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a child’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for basketball injuries include:

  • An individual players level of training and strength
  • Playing on a court or surface that is not well maintained
  • Playing with hoops that are either too high or too low