Basketball Becoming a Year Round Game

Teams Use Summer Camps as Way to Stay Sharp

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A July weekend and high school basketball teams are playing.
Wait, what?
Team camps, like the one recently held at the University of Minnesota Duluth, give high school programs a way to stay active.
“It’s really, really important to keep our guys active in the summer,” Said Duluth East coach Rhett McDonald. “To keep them off the couch playing those video games.”
McDonald doesn’t get many chances to coach his team between now and when practice officially starts in November. So McDonald brings his team to camps like one at UMD to keep the players sharp.
“This is just another opportunity in which our guys can get a game-like feel, in terms of a physicality standpoint,” said McDonald.
However as off-seasons get shorter, the risk of injury increases.
“Guys try to play in a lot of games and they’re not fully condition to do so,” says McDonald.
“It’s a combination of injuries we see with Basketball players,” says Dr. John Watkins, an orthopedic surgeon with St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine says lower body injuries are common.
“Traumatic injuries like ankle sprains, ligament injuries,” said Dr. Watkins.
McDonald had seen it first hand.
“We have a lot of ankles right now,” he says. “A lot of bumps and bruises.”
If a player thinks they can play in college, they’re going to play in the summer. McDonald says his job is to manage those bumps and bruises before they become big problems.
“It’s about rest, it’s about relaxation, it’s about ice,” he says.
“You want to make sure there’s appropriate warm-up to loosen up the msucles, get the blood flowing,” adds Dr. Watkins.
Basketball’s a year round game, and with the right plan you can stay active from summer to spring.