I want to highlight an issue we often see in tennis players. Being aware of this and addressing it is something that has the capacity to prevent many tennis injuries for players.
Whenever we assess a player’s tennis mobility and flexibility we always start from the ground up (big toe flexion, foot alignment, ankle joint range, calf complex flexibility, etc.).
We have found with tennis players, they tend to get locked up or jammed in their ankle joints, their calf complex (plantaris, soleus, and gastrocnemius muscle) and the tibialis anterior (runs alongside your shin bone). Muscles shorten and joint mobility becomes restricted.
It is common to see players with poor ankle mobility in the leg they land on during the service motion.
To understand the importance of ankle mobility lets to take a step back and look at the body joint-by-joint. The body can be seen as an alternating stack of stable and mobile joints.
The ankle joint being the lowest to the ground, the ankle joint is a...
The Value Of A Flexible And Mobile Athlete!
Teaching young athletes how to prepare their bodies for performance is crucial for long term injury prevention and constant physical development.
After performing 100s of junior tennis fitness assessments, postural screens and flexibility assessments we have found most young athletes are falling short with their flexibility and mobility ranges.
Is this fault of their own? It can't be, they just do what they are asked.
There needs to be more focus on this from trainers, coaches and parents.
What we are finding is that young players are exposed to more time on court with no cross over into other sports.
This combination leads to constant loading patterns and in some cases overuse issues.
What is important to realise is that young players, no matter how good they are at 12 years old, if they don't have healthy flexibility and mobility ranges it is only a matter of time before they hit an injury wall.
We see it all the time, its not the best...
Injuries have a massive impact when it comes to individualised sports. If you are involved in a team sport and you are injured, you can rely on team mates to cover for you and help you out during play. Not in tennis, you are all alone! This is why you need to avoid injuries as much as possible.
We have identified some key areas which will help protect you from serious injury and keep you on court. They will also make you a more robust and confident athlete.
When it comes to tennis mobility and warm up, we like to focus on a joint by joint approach, either working from the bottom up or from the top down. Whether that’s using myofascial release, trigger point work or dynamic stretching.
We think these are three key areas that are highly important for creating a robust tennis player , that is more resilient to injury.
We recommend performing mobility exercises prior to training. This helps elongate muscles and open joints up for correct movement patterns.