STEVE WATTS' FANTABULOUS BASKETBALL HOMEPAGE!

STEVE WATTS' FANTABULOUS HOMEPAGE!

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An Elmo picture I made.


"You never know how much you appreciate something until you don't have it anymore."
My motto for 1998.


This photo was taken earlier this year (1998) in Adelaide.

How good do these look??!! Can't wait until Scream 3 comes out!


Another animation I have made.

Hello, my name is Steve. I'm 17, and this is my first homepage where I have used HTML! It will probably look crap, but I'm just learning. I live in Canberra, Australia at the
I'm on scholarhship here for basketball.


NBA Players Succumb to these Most Common Injuries

The National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association has been collecting data on all injuries and illnesses sustained by NBA players for over 20 years. Using data to gain information on the most common injuries can help sports medicine professionals and athletes prevent these injuries.

The database included injuries sustained during league-sanctioned activities from 1988-1989 through 2004-2005. During this time span, 1643 individual players participated in the NBA and were included in this study.

During this time frame, 12,594 injuries were recorded with just about half of the injuries occurring during games (49.9%). According to the data, the lower extremity sustained the most number of injuries (62.4%). This would make sense because of the amount of stress placed on the legs in the sport of basketball.

Ankle Injuries were the Most Common Injury in the NBA

The ankle was the most commonly injured structure with a total of 14.7% of all injuries. This translated in to 1850 ankle injuries. Of all of the ankle injuries, lateral (outside) ankle sprains were the most common injury, which can be easily prevented if they have trained for muscular strength and endurance.

The most common mechanism for ankle injuries in basketball is landing off balance from a jump or rebound. This type of injury can be worsened if the athlete lands on another player’s foot. The other player’s foot combined with the weight of the athlete and height that the athlete jumped all combine to cause a shearing force at the ankle.
This type of shearing force can cause serious structural damage to the ligaments and other soft tissue in and around the ankle. Knowing that this type of injury is the most common injury in professional basketball, players can take steps to prevent this injury.

For athletes without ankle injuries, ankle braces are a good choice to prevent them. For athletes with previous injuries, protective ankle tape can be applied by sports medicine professionals to provide support for already injured or unstable ankle joints.

Athletes can take steps to strengthen the muscles surrounding the ankle with the use of exercise bands. Once ligaments are stretched or torn, they do not return to their original length. This makes the ankle more at risk for future sprains. To compensate for this laxity, athletes can perform ankle exercises (in diagonal patterns) to strengthen the ankle muscles and compensate for the weakened ligaments.

NBA ankle sprain

Knee Injuries in the NBA

The knee was the third most injured structure with the most common pathology being patellofemoral inflammation (11.9% of total injuries). This term is fairly generic but could include patellar tendinitis or jumper’s knee. It is also interesting to note that patellofemoral inflammation was the injury that caused NBA players to miss the most amounts of games (10,370).

The patellofemoral joint is the articulation between the patella and the femur where the patella glides up and down in the femoral groove. The structures around this joint can become inflamed from repetitive loading, as seen in the sport of basketball with jumping.

Because patellofemoral inflammation is an overuse injury, care must be taken by the athlete to protect his/her knees. Athletes should pay careful attention to knee pain and inflammation that may be localized around the patella.

Reducing Overuse Injuries in the Knee

An overuse injury means that the tissues of the body are being subjected to more stress than the structures can handle. This leads to inflammation of the structures, pain, and possibly swelling.

Athletes can prevent this type of knee inflammation by consistently icing after practices and games. Ice packs can be applied for 20 minutes to calm and reduce inflammation. Limiting the amount of jumping can also protect a basketball player’s knees.

Coaches can help by reducing specific jumping drills during practices, especially in athletes already complaining or susceptible to patellofemoral knee pain. Reducing jumping can lead to healthier and less painful knees.

Lumbar sprain/strains were the third most common pathology for NBA players (7.9%) followed by hamstring strains (3.3%), adductor strains (3.1%), and knee sprains (3.1%).

In the upper extremity, finger sprains were the most common injury (2.4%) followed by thumb sprain (2.6%), wrist sprain (1.4%), hand/wrist fracture (0.8%), and elbow inflammation (0.7%).

Studying injuries sustained by professional basketball players can provide important insight for preventing injuries for all basketball players. Basketball players should take care in protecting their ankles and knees from injury by taking proactive steps to reduce the risk of injury.

Reference

Drakos, M.C., Domb, B., Starkey, C., Callahan, L., & Allen, A. (July/August, 2010). “Injury in the National Basketball Association: A 17-Year Overview”. Sports Health 4(2): 284-290.


If you want to see a REALLY bad homepage, you can visit my other homepage, which I made before this one.


2 little Michael Jordan animations I have made. I'm quite proud of them!


As you could probably tell from where I live, I LOVE basketball. My favourite team is the best team ever, the

And my favourite player also happens to be the best player ever to play the game, and that is

Michael Jordan.

I met him in 1996 for the Gatorade 3 on 3 competition that was held over here in So if you have any or are just interested in e-mailing me, click on the animation (right).  

My favourite style of music is rap, and I also like some dance music, usually to get me hyped up before a game, or to listen to when I'm feeling hyperactive, which happens often!



Well, I had best be going, and submit this bad homepage. Tee hee. Feel free to e-mail me and visit my other homepage! And if you wouldn't mind, please sign my guestbook and if you REALLY want to, you can look at and post a message at my boardroom. Thanks.


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Check out the leaders for the under 1998 under 18 nationals, which I was lucky enough to get in!

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My recollection of the Michael Jordan trip.

My Michael Jordan page.

My jokes page.