Surfaces, Shoes & Injuries – Are your legs exhausted?

Surfaces, Shoes, Injuries

Basketball players find that softer wood floors are much easier on the legs and maple flooring tends to offer the most give. Temporary wood courts used for NBA games in multi-sport arenas tend to have a great deal of give. An engineered athletic surface using scrap rubber could replicate hardwood performance with even greater safety.  Playing on harder surfaces like tile, concrete, asphalt, tartan surfaces and some newer synthetic surfaces with less give can lead to “jumper’s knee,” or patellar tendinitis. Playing on surfaces with extreme traction, like rubberized floors, can increase ankle sprains, knee sprains, turf toe and other injuries familiar to football players competing on older-style artificial surfaces.

Choosing the right basketball shoe and keeping the out-soles of those shoes clean can improve safety and performance. Basketball puts tremendous strain on ankles and knees, and matching shoe to surface is as important in basketball as it is in football. Wearing worn-out shoes increases injury risk. Many professional players change their shoes weekly or from game to game to maintain maximum performance.

Surfaces & shoesPodiatrists advise wearing shoes with relatively flexible soles and minimal studs on artificial turf. This may reduce the joint injuries caused when you turn your leg but your foot remains fixed to the ground. The number one response from doctors concerning ankle and knee safety is to wear proper fitting and supportive shoes that are geared to the surface of the sport you play.

            Athletes don’t always have a choice on what type of surface they play on. No matter how in-shape players are, the lower extremities take a beating. Feet, ankles, knees, IT bands, hamstrings can all benefit from a transdermal magnesium cream. Magnesium cream will help calm the muscles and alleviate inflammation to help shorten the athletes’ recovery time.