The sun is out, and so are the rackets!
Tennis is a popular sport played by millions of people around the world, and like any other sport, it carries a risk of injury. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual player, tennis injuries can be frustrating and painful. Fortunately, physiotherapy can help prevent and treat tennis injuries, allowing you to continue playing the sport you love.
Tennis injuries can affect any body part, but the most common areas are the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and ankles. These injuries can occur due to overuse, improper technique, or accidents on the court. Below is a list of some of the most common tennis injuries we see here at GNP:
This is a type of overuse injury that occurs when the tendons in the forearm are strained or torn. It is characterized by pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow.
Tennis players are prone to rotator cuff injuries when the tendons and muscles that attach the shoulder blade to the arm are damaged. Shoulder impingement syndrome, caused by repetitive overhead movements, is also common.
Tennis players can experience wrist sprains or strains from sudden jerking movements, such as hitting a powerful serve.
Players can suffer from ankle sprains or strains when they pivot or change direction suddenly.
While physiotherapy can be effective in treating tennis injuries, preventing them in the first place is always the best course of action. Here are some pro tips that can help you out before you hit the court:
It's essential to warm up before playing tennis. A proper warm-up should include some light aerobic exercise, stretching, and specific exercises that target the muscles used in tennis.
Use Proper Technique
Proper technique is critical to avoid injuries. Players should work with a coach to develop a safe and efficient method.
Wear Proper Equipment
Wear shoes that provide good support and have good traction on the court. You should also use a racket that is the right size and weight for your body.
It's essential to take regular breaks during play to avoid overuse injuries. You should also rest between matches or practice sessions.
Tennis is a fun and challenging sport with physical and mental benefits. However, it can also carry a risk of injury. Physiotherapy can be critical in preventing and treating tennis injuries, allowing players to continue enjoying the sport. Tennis players can stay healthy, happy, and injury-free by following simple tips and working with a Sports Physiotherapist.
Interested in learning more? Contact Great North Physiotherapy to book an appointment with Trevor Kwolek. Book online at www.greatnorthphysio.ca or call 905-467-1440 to speak with a team member.
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