Basketball is a very physical game heavy contact can occur and injuries can happen. Few basketball teams have the services of a medical practitioner so coaches should develop some knowledge of first aid be able to recognize injuries and respond.
It is rare for a player not to sprain their ankles during a basketball career. The relatively confined space of the court, the speed, the jumping and variable surfaces provide a combination of circumstances that increase the odds of ankle injuries.
The most common ligament strain, or partial tear occurs on the medial ligament which joins the two bones in the lower leg and the knee on the inside of the leg. This taping technique will protect ligament strain.
Probably the simplest and most effective method of strapping a sprained finger is to use a length of 2.5cm tape. Apply a basket weave over the finger joint. A piece of felt about 20mm thick may be placed between the fingers and then using tape about 1.5cm wide put encircling strips around the injured finger and the next to it above and below the injured joint.
The following injuries can be serious. While coach should learn to recognise the symptoms of serious injury, the most obvious and necessary advice is to call for medical help straight away.