Tennis and Sports Injuries
With the Australian Open here I thought it was appropriate to discuss the most common tennis injuries that exist with tennis players.
The rivalry of today’s elite tennis players, such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer has propelled the popularity of tennis to an unprecedented level. However, even elite tennis players suffer from injuries. By understanding more about common tennis injuries you can learn that there are steps you can take to prevent them.
Research evidence has shown that there are around 54 injuries per 1000 tennis matches played, which is about half the number of injuries that occur during the same number of soccer matches. There is also less risk of injury during tennis compared with individual sports such as running and golf.
Tennis is a complex physical sport requiring hand-eye coordination and full body participation to run, position, swing, and hit. Because of these multiple demands it is important to have muscle conditioning for endurance and flexibility, proper technique, and appropriate equipment. When pain does come on, especially if it is persistent, it is important to seek medical attention or treatment.
Types of Tennis Injuries:
Tennis injuries are generally defined as either cumulative (overuse) or acute (traumatic) injuries. Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.
Many of the most common tennis injuries can be prevented by selecting the right equipment, warming up and cooling down properly, stretching before and after playing, regular massage or treatment, good nutrition as well as conditioning or strengthening yourself to play the game.
The 10 Most Common Tennis Injuries Are:
- Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Bursitis of the elbow
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Shoulder Bursititis
- Ankle Sprain
- Calf Strain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Wrist Sprain
- Patella Femoral Syndrome
- Stress fracture of the Lower Back
Read more about Tennis Elbow here.
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