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Dribbling down the court can have consequenc­es. Hand and finger fractures are common, but the real threat comes from footwork. Sidestep maneuvers and sudden stops contribute­d to 77,023 ankle sprains and 25,222 knee sprains in a year. And watch out for flying elbows: Basketball is the leading cause of athletic eye injuries, boasting 2,638 bruised peepers.

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