Debunking three common FIBA myths

Yao's injury history has often been attributed to his commitment to international play. Guang Niu/Getty Images

With the 2010 FIBA World Championships just around the corner, it's worth separating fact from fiction when it comes to drawing conclusions about the coming weeks. Here are three myths that deserve a harder look:

Myth 1: Participating in World Championships adds likelihood of injury

Suit up for a summer competition and an injury the following season is all but guaranteed, right? Not so fast. While it's a common excuse to pass on the global tournament, the truth is that players get hurt every season, regardless of the extra mileage added in offseason competition.