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Your must-have basketball equipment

If you occasionally go to the court with friends, all you need is a ball and decent shoes. But as soon as you play regularly, you will need a lot more equipment. In this blog article you will learn everything about the right equipment for basketball and how you can prevent injuries.

Basketball clothing and accessories – This is what you should have with you

As a basketball player, you have to be able to react quickly, sprint spontaneously, make precise passes and defend effectively. In order for this to be successful, your equipment must support you. Shoes with good grip are particularly important for grip on the hall floor. Also, choose clothing that allows you maximum freedom of movement. Here you'll see briefly what you can't miss when it comes to basketball.

Basketball clothing:

  • Basketball shoes
  • shirt
  • Basketball shorts
  • Socks
  • Compression clothing
  • Knee bandage and ankle bandage

Basketball accessories:

  • basketball
  • Drinking bottle
  • Ball pump
  • Sweatbands for forehead and wrist
  • Backpack
Basketball player with basketball

What the DBB equipment regulations say

According to the official guidelines of the DBB, specific items of clothing in the colors black, white and the main color of the playing uniform are permitted. It is important that every team member wears identical colors. These include compression stockings, tights, sleeves and protective protectors.

Why do you wear sleeves in basketball?

Professional players in NBA basketball often wear compression socks and sleeves to improve their performance and minimize the risk of injury. These pieces of equipment support muscles by improving blood circulation, which can lead to faster recovery and less fatigue. They also offer a certain protective function by stabilizing the muscles and protecting them from bruises.

What can't you wear while playing basketball?

According to FIBA ​​and DBB, every piece of equipment worn by players must be suitable for the game of basketball . All items that are intended to increase a player's height or reach or otherwise provide an unfair advantage are not permitted. No player is allowed to carry objects that could cause injury to other players.

This includes

  • Protective devices, bandages or supports made of leather, plastic, flexible plastic, metal or any other hard material for fingers, hands, wrists, elbows or forearms or as head protection, even if softly padded.
  • Objects that can cause cuts or abrasions to the skin
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How the right basketball equipment helps prevent injuries

Injuries in basketball mainly occur when rebounding under the basket. That's why center players are particularly at risk of injury. A common cause of injury is contact with the opponent, with most injuries occurring during league games. Sprains or injuries to the capsular ligament apparatus most often occur during basketball. The upper ankle joint is usually affected, followed by the knee joint and hand.

With the right bandages, such as knee bandages or ankle bandages, you can stabilize your joints and ensure that the impact is cushioned.

This is how you train the ankle joint specifically

The risk of ankle injury can be reduced through targeted training. Exercises and training programs that aim to improve leg axis stability and balance are particularly recommended. Most knee injury prevention programs also have a positive effect on ankle injuries. You can find more helpful exercises in our blog post on stabilizing the ankle joint .

The perfect warm-up

According to the Safety in Sports Foundation, in order to prevent sports injuries, warming up for basketball should consist of four parts: mobility, elevation, activation and potentiation. All phases should take a total of 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

However, individual and age-specific differences must be taken into account, as well as the training content and its intensity. This includes active and dynamic stretching, mobility on the floor, mobility exercises while standing, running in after the run, ABC and basketball drills to get you in the mood for the training session. This mobilizes the main joints, improves the ability to move and increases body temperature.

Two basketball players with ankle braces from BetterGuards

The BetterGuard as part of the basketball equipment

The BetterGuard , our smart ankle brace, is revolutionary protection for basketball players. Developed as part of the NBA Launchpad, it works like a safety belt for the ankles.

Thanks to the BG POWER, an intelligent mini-piston, the bandage offers exceptional freedom of movement during normal movements and effective stabilization during critical movements - three times faster than the human body can react. The BetterGuard stands for prevention rather than treatment and is a must-have for any basketball player who wants to improve their performance while preventing injuries.

Frequently asked questions about basketball equipment

Here we answer frequently asked questions about basketball equipment and injury prevention.

Are there any requirements for protective equipment for basketball?

Yes, there are specific dress codes for basketball set by FIBA. These rules specify what types of protective equipment and clothing are permitted, including color requirements and restrictions on advertising on the equipment. It is important that the equipment provides players with protection without violating the rules of the game or negatively impacting performance.

How does the Betterguards ankle support work for basketball?

The BetterGuard offers outstanding freedom of movement for basketball players through the BG POWER, an intelligent mini piston. During normal movement, flexibility is maintained, but during critical movements, a damper activates that stabilizes the ankle joint, three times faster than the body can. This enables effective prevention or, in extreme cases, at least a strong mitigation of an ankle injury without restricting performance.

Does The BetterGuard fit in every basketball shoe?

The BetterGuard is designed to fit in most basketball shoes. Its intelligent structure and design allows for easy integration with footwear without restricting comfort or freedom of movement. However, our ankle support is best suited to low-cut shoes .

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