The quick bursts of speed and direction changes inherent in basketball can make for sore muscles after a hard-fought game. Athletes are most likely to experience muscle strains early in the season when their conditioning level isn’t where it needs to be. Even late in the season, however, you could strain a muscle when you’re fatigued at the end of a game.
Recreational basketball players can avoid some of the early season muscle trauma by working on strength and conditioning prior to the season. Work on quick bursts of activity. Try sprinting on the court both the length and the width, with and without the ball.
If you experience a painful muscle strain, ice it right away and keep icing it on and off for 72 hours or until any swelling has subsided. Don’t apply heat to anything that’s swollen. You can also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, which are helpful for relieving the pain of many minor injuries. Best is to consult the sports medicine specialist at A+OSM.