Basketball was created in 1891 by Canadian physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith at the International Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Training School. Naismith created the game as a way to have gym classes indoors during inclement weather, and after much trial and error, he hit the nail on the head by creating a game that is enjoyed by millions of players and spectators worldwide. The initial baskets were nothing like the ones we know now. In fact, they really were baskets! Naismith used peach baskets, and because they had no holes in the bottom, someone would have to climb up and get the ball out of the baskets after someone scored. You can find a fun and interesting video on YouTube titled ‘A Part of our Heritage – Basketball’ that was originally a vignette made by the National Film Board of Canada to tell the story of the creation of this fun and exciting game.
Basketball is Loads of Fun, but Don’t Forget About Protecting Your Knees
Just like any sport that involves a lot of running, basketball can be extremely hard on the knees. There is a lot of running and jumping involved in basketball, which causes impact to the knees and can often lead to many different types of knee injuries. It is important that anyone who plays basketball makes sure to protect their knees. This is why you see so many basketball players, including professionals, wearing braces on both of their knees. By wearing braces, they are reducing the shock to their knees, as well as providing stability to the joints.
One brace that is really popular with basketball players is the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve knee brace, which not only provides compression for support, but is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time, such as a basketball game, even one that has gone into overtime. The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve is ideal for those who have mild to moderate knee conditions, including ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL instabilities.
The DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve is Ideal for Athletes
With two different styles to choose from, either wraparound or sleeve, the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve is the ideal knee brace for basketball players and other athletes who spend a lot of their time running and jumping. This brace provides stability and compression while being lightweight and comfortable. It also provides lightweight protection and knee pain relief for ligaments. The features of the DonJoy Drytex Playmaker Wraparound/Sleeve include:
– Four-Points-of-Leverage – supports the knee joint and the anterior cruciate ligament.
– Polycentric Hinges – provide uninhibited range of movement for players.
– Drytex Fabric – a lightweight alternative to neoprene that offers even better airflow for maximum comfort.
– Available in sizes from extra small to extra, extra, extra large to fit most people.
– Available with open or closed popliteal.