What about facial Injuries in NBA

A study published in the Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery shared a retrospective on the topic

by Lorenzo Ciotti
What about facial Injuries in NBA
© Maddie Meyer / Staff Getty Images

One of the most common and painful injuries that an NBA player can suffer involves facial injuries.

And in this regard, a group of researchers published the study Facial Injuries in the National Basketball Association on the Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery: official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. this research tried to go in depth on this topic, which can be of interest to both NBA players, fans and those who want to start a basketball career.

NBA© Maddie Meyer / Staff Getty Images Sport

Below we propose the most interesting passages of the study:

"Sport injuries can negatively impact physical and psychological aspects of athletes. There is a gap in the literature regarding facial trauma present in basketball. The purpose of this study is to identify and describe facial trauma present in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Study design, setting, sample: This is a retrospective cohort study in which the sample consists of players that missed games due to facial injuries in the NBA, the data were collected from a public access online resource. The predictor variables were player position (center, point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward), team conference (Eastern/Western), and if played games occurred in playoff season.

The primary outcome variable was the injury location (upper, middle, and lower facial third), and the secondary outcome was type of injury (soft tissue/bone fracture).

Of the 212 injuries, none of them occurred in the upper facial third, 158 (75%) were in the middle third, and 54 (25%) were in the lower third; 151 of them were fractures (61%) and 61 were soft tissue injuries (29%). Most injuries were concentrated in centers (23%) and power forwards (23%).

The most common fracture occurred in the nasal bones (39.2%), and most soft tissue injuries occurred in the eye globes (25%). Almost all injuries occurred during regular season games (97%), and the Eastern conference was slightly predominant (52%).

Significant facial trauma in the NBA has risen in recent years. The player's position, height, and weight were the primary factors associated with facial trauma in the NBA."