Basketball is among the most popular team sports for boys and girls in the United States and is continuing to grow in popularity worldwide. Increased popularity translates to an increased number of events and, unfortunately, the injuries that occur as a result. In this article, we discuss ways to be prepared in the coverage of youth basketball events, with an emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of some of the most commonly encountered injuries within the sport of basketball. We also give special consideration to injuries that are specific to the skeletally immature athlete. By having a greater knowledge and understanding of these injuries, a provider of medical coverage for basketball events hopefully will gain a higher sense of confidence in handling associated problems as they arise.
1Kaiser Permanente, Fontana, CA; and 2Kaiser Permanente, Chino Hills, CA
Address for correspondence: Dennis Khalili-Borna, MD, Kaiser Permanente, Chino Hills, CA; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.