How hard players train affects how often they get injured


Many athletes have endured injuries during the course of their season. Some of these injuries are caused by an incident that happens during a game or practice, but it may also be related to their training routines.

A study published in February in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance examined whether or not a basketball players training habits had an effect on their injuries. The results showed that the players who trained not too often, but not too seldom had the least amount of recorded injuries.

In an interview with Dr. Richard Hayashida, Sports Physician, he discussed how, “players can over-work their bodies if they train hard enough without sufficient rest, and it can be a leading factor for causing an injury.  If the muscles are too weak from not being worked out enough, than the players are just as at risk.”

Dozens of NBA all-star players have been injured within the past two weeks, according to CBS sports. Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis are out with a knee injuries, Demarcus Cousins has an achilles injury, and the list goes on and on.

Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose have been known to train harder than their teammates, but have also had a history of getting injured during the season. Davis’s teammate Jrue Holiday, in an interview with Zito Madu recorded in SB Nation, talked about how Anthony Davis is the “first one in the gym, and the last one to leave.”

As much as these players believe that their over achieving work ethic is positively effecting their talent, they may be leading their bodies down the path of injury.

Cousins, on the other hand, has been known to slack off during practices and training sessions. His injury may be related to his lack of preparation and low work ethic, opposite to Rose and Davis’s circumstance.

Players with the right work ethic have the lowest chances of getting injured.  As long as they maintain a pattern of working out and resting, then their bodies will be healthier and more conditioned for when game time roles around.


2 thoughts on “How hard players train affects how often they get injured

  1. Awesome insight! I know certain NBA teams, such as the Suns, are known for having great athletic training staffs, which has led to longer (and relatively injury free) careers for players like Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire. Do you have an idea of how much of the players’ training routine is up to them and how much is handled by their trainers? Just wondering.


    • Yes the training staff has a say in how hard players train. The players themselves have most of the power, and they choose whether or not to put in the extra effort or not. Also, NBA teams do have training staffs, and the good ones can keep their players at less of a risk of getting injured. Great NBA players, like Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, were known for working with their training staffs before and after the assigned team practices and exercises to try and maintain a healthy conditioned body, while taking the extra effort to increase their skills. They both have had relatively healthy careers, with a few set backs later in Bryant’s career as he got older. Did this answer your question?


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