Basketball Series Part 2: Why PT?

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Basketball Series Part 2: Why PT?

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The last phase of rehab for an athlete after an injury is the Return to Sport phase. This phase is particularly important as it takes all the skills we’ve worked on in PT (strength, balance, etc.) and combines them into functional movements which closely mimic what the athlete will be performing in his or her sport.  One such drill we are going to highlight today is Single Leg Stance on an airex pad while dribbling a basketball.  Check out this video:
 
This drill combines:
  • Balance
  • Core strength
  • hip/knee/ankle strength
  • Crossover symmetry (the ability to use both sides of the body together)
  • Etc.
When performing this drill the PT (or professional in general) should watch for:
  • Trunk lean
  • Hip asymmetries (pelvic drop)
  • Dynamic knee valgus/varus
  • Over pronation of the foot
Some people may tell you that drills such as this one are overly complicated or dangerous; however, basketball players rarely dribble in a straight line.  As a matter of fact, basketball players are in much more dangerous positions than this on a regular basis.  If you’re going to return to playing at a high level, you need to be able to perform these Return to Sport drills safely and proficiently.  For a screen to check out your body mechanics during a drill, or if you have any level of injury, don't hesitate to call us and schedule an appointment. 225-927-9185

Credit: PTs Daniel Herring and Katie Peaslee