Sunday, June 9, 2013

Avoid blisters at all costs

Bad blisters can ruin a basketball player. You always want to be able to play 100% and not get slowed down with feet pain. Just think of those quick cuts and the jumping, ouch! Make sure to break in your shoes before playing. Get rid of the stiffness in the shoe. It’s hard to tell if a shoe will cause blisters until you play in it. Don’t make your learning experience in the middle of a game!

When I was younger I always bought larger shoes because my foot was growing quite a bit every 6 months. If your shoes are larger and you’re waiting to grow into them, then double up on socks. Don’t let your foot slip around and potentially cause blisters. Still, it’s probably best to just buy shoes that fit your foot. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t have bought bigger shoes.

John Wooden, the famous UCLA basketball coach, used to sit his players down on day one of practice and teach them the importance of not getting blisters. He even said the secret to his success and 10 national championships was the way his players wore their socks. His tip for not getting blisters, no wrinkles. Put your sock up tight, feel your heel, sides of your feet, and ankle. Make sure there are no wrinkles! Wrinkles cause friction and friction causes blisters!

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