Strengthening up specific areas of our bodies can help prevent many tennis-related injuries. Stability, Strength, and flexibility play the biggest part in reducing the risk of spending time off court. Strengthening the smaller “stabilizing muscles” around joints can eliminate a lot of joint-related tennis injuries e.g. tendinitis.
Muscle tissue strength helps prevent muscle tears and connective tissue injuries by providing a more robust athlete, the stronger the muscle tissue the more resilient it will it be. Having the flexibility capacity to get into certain positions, more positions and utilize more muscle is what you need to prevent flexibility related injuries (muscle tears, overuse injuries, etc.)
Due to the physical complexity (strength, stability, flexibility, agility, power, high aerobic capacity, etc.) as players we need to deal with and given the time constraints most players have. More often than not our recovery and injury prevention regimes get put at...
Upper limb injuries in tennis are the most common overuse type problems and the most common is Tennis Elbow.
Tennis Elbow or lateral epicondylitis is an extremely common condition where the tendon attachment (origin) of the wrist and finger extensor muscles (back of the forearm) becomes irritated and painful due to excessive amounts of the activity causing tissue overload. This can occur in a variety of activities like tennis, golf, and even typing.
In tennis simply increasing the amount of practice and play to quickly can lead to an overload, inflammation of the tendon, and pain. However, many other factors can also influence the situation. These may include the size of the racket grip (too big or too small), the string tension, the type of play (double-handed backhand is less provocative). Other less obvious culprits include poor posture (especially of the shoulder blades) and poor core control, which can have a substantial influence on the kinetic chain and cause neck and...
Most, if not every tennis player will develop some form of tennis injury during their career. Some injuries cannot be prevented, but you will be surprised how many of the below injuries you can be by doing one thing.
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The most common injuries in tennis we see on a daily basis are, often overuse injuries.
Overuse injuries often develop slowly and can start out as mild discomfort that gradually increases and becomes painful. Some common overuse injuries are:
1. Tennis Elbow – A very common cause of elbow pain due to the chronic irritation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
2. Wrist Tendonitis – Caused by irritation and inflammation around the wrist joint. Usually, this will occur from a number of reasons; Equipment (new racket, heavy/wet tennis balls, court surface), bad technique, or overuse (most common cause).
This can be prevented with some simple yet effective strengthening tennis exercises for the wrist,...