Should I ice an ankle sprain?

The following is an excerpt from Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, 4.18 (May 1, 2010).

The following day, I turned my ankle. I stepped on someone’s foot as I tried to take off and ended up getting called for a charge. I got up, jogged back on defense, limped around on one possession, and was fine. I played the rest of the game, did not ice after the game, had no swelling, and played some pick-up games the next day. […]

Research on Patellar Tendinitis for Basketball Players

Knee tendonitis is a common ailment for basketball players due to the repetitive jumping and landing on a hard surface. Knee tendonitis, often called “jumper’s knee,” is most prevalent in sports characterized by high demands on speed and power for the leg extensors with the highest prevalence in volleyball and basketball [Lian, Engebretsen, & Bahr, 2005]. “In volleyball, a direct relationship exists between the number of training sessions (number of jumps) and the development of patellar tendinopathy” [Ferretti, 1986; Warden & Brunker, 2003]. This is one argument against year-round training for young children, and year-round competition for high-school players. With year-round play and training, the symptoms are likely to develop due to the repetitive stress to the tendon.  […]

Identifying and Managing Concussions

Safety is one aspect of coach education programs that is ignored by the YBCA program. Concussions, of course, are the big issue lately, as we learn more and more about the prevalence and severity. The following three videos explain concussions, a system of treating the concussed athlete and an example of the baseline test. […]