"Sports & Sprains" is the twenty first episode in Season 2 of Austin & Ally and the 40th episode overall. It aired on August 4th, 2013. The episode was the twenty first episode of season 2 to be filmed. This episode earned 2.881 million viewers on the night of its premiere.
It's Spirit Week at Marino High School and Austin, Ally, Trish and Dez decide to become more involved in their school's extracurricular activities. Austin decides to join the basketball team after realizing he wants to be known for more than his music career. However, after he injures himself in a game, the foursome must figure out a way to save his upcoming school performance. Meanwhile, Dez joins the cheerleading squad and competes against his arch rival Chuck for "Yell King".
When Ally interviews Dez on his dream of being a cheerleader for the Marino Manatees for the school paper, it is then that Trish and Austin learn that it is Spirit Week at Marino High. Due to this new knowledge, natural talent and some persuasion, Austin decides to join the basketball team; Trish is also inspired after learning that the student showing the most spirit gets one thousand dollars.
Trish and Ally show up to the basketball team's practice; Ally shows up for an article, while Trish shows up to do her new job as the helper. Then the cheerleading squad has try-outs; Dez and Chuck both try out, and both make it onto the team.
After getting onto the team, Kimmy informs Dez and Chuck that it is between them for the position of yell king. Meanwhile, a game comes up, and Jimmy comes into Sonic Boom to inform Team Austin that he has invited the manager of the Heat to come to the concert that Trish arranged to delude everyone into believing that she had plenty of school spirit.
Dez asks Jimmy to come earlier so that he can watch Austin play basketball and Dez cheerlead; after hearing this, Jimmy tells Austin to quit. He cannot risk having Austin get injured by playing--since he has spent and invested a lot of money in Austin, who is a singer and dancer--but after Ally tells him to continue to play, he sticks with the team.
However, during the ending of the game, Austin injures himself, which places the team in a bit of a dilemma to make sure that Jimmy does not notice his injury. The end result is that Austin performs Living In The Moment with wires on so that he can dance and the pressure is relieved off of his knee.
In the end, Austin quits the team, Ally's article gets on the front page, Trish ends up winning a thousand dollars in the form of Manatee Dollars and Dez willing lets Chuck get the position of yell king, which is a good thing since what the yell king had to do at half-time was get shot out of a cannon. Austin was also invited to perform half-time at a Miami Heat game.
- Ross Lynch as Austin Moon
- Laura Marano as Ally Dawson
- Raini Rodriguez as Trish De La Rosa
- Calum Worthy as Dez Wade
- John Paul Green as Chuck
- Richard Whiten as Jimmy Starr
- Cassidy Ann Shaffer as Kimmy
- Gui DaSilva-Greene as Dancer
- Ashley Leilani as Cheerleader
- Chelsea O'Toole as Cheerleader
- This is the second time Austin got injured, the first being "Club Owners & Quinceaneras".
- Usher is mentioned in the episode by Jimmy Starr.
- This is Chuck's 3rd appearance.
- Austin is shown to be good at basketball.
- Ally is a reporter in the school newspaper.
- This marks Kimmy's second appearance.
- Chucks Cheer Demonstration has him say "Marino High is the team to Beat," when he meant to say "Team to Be".
- Though the wires "took pressure" off of Austin's knee during his performance, he should have still felt pain since he was moving and bending it.
- It's illegal to cannonball someone against their will, unless Chuck agreed, thinking it was a joke.
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