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Keep Tennis Injuries at Bay with Our Professional Advice & Treatment
Tennis is a fun racket sport that many Australians take up to keep fit, manage stress and participate in competitively. According to the 2015-16 Tennis Australia report, over two million Aussies played tennis, with nearly 300 000 new players taking it up in that year alone.
At face value, it doesn’t appear to be a dangerous sport, but you’d do well not to underestimate the potential for injury as a tennis player. Just like with any other sporting activity, you should never take your body for granted. You need to know what risks you face, to minimise any pain or injuries you could experience – and prevent them from happening again.
Am I At Risk of Getting A Tennis Injury?
Anyone who plays a sport, including tennis, runs the risk of sustaining an injury at some point. However, having the right equipment and constantly working on technique could decrease their chances of getting hurt.
From amateurs to world champions, the sport has left many players with injuries while out on the court. There were over 15 injuries reported by star players in the lead up to the 2018 Australian Open tournament, with five-time finalist Andy Murray withdraw from participation because of it.
If well-trained and experienced tennis players around the globe can slip up, you can imagine how much more prone to injury regular players can be. It’s not all doom and gloom, though: there are measures tennis players can take to prevent injury-causing accidents from occurring. Even if you’re injured, all hope isn’t lost. While it takes time, work and dedication to bounce back from an injury, there are ways to recover quicker. With the right professionals by your side, you’ll be up and running again in no time.
6 Common Tennis Injuries That Could Keep You on The Sidelines
Tennis players need to be good at multitasking, focusing specifically on developing sharp hand-eye coordination. Between monitoring the ball, running in all directions, aiming and swinging the racket with enough force (all within seconds and repeatedly), there’s a lot to keep up with.
As a result of the repetitive nature of the sport, the most prevalent cause of injuries in tennis is the overuse of muscles, but many other forms of injuries can happen. Tennis Australia listed the following as the most common tennis injuries experienced by players in the country:
Injuries in The Upper Limbs:
- Tennis Elbow – overuse of the tendons and muscles in the elbow region can lead to inflammation and pain because of the strain.
- Sprained Wrist – wrists are at risk of overuse because they’re key to the directional movement of the racket. Tennis injuries in the wrist can be limiting and painful.
- Impingement Syndrome – this term is often used interchangeably with “rotator cuff tendonitis”, which refers to tennis injuries in the shoulder blade. This kind of strain makes it nearly impossible to move your arms overhead.
Injuries in The Lower Limbs:
- Knee Strain – tennis players run in different directions without warning, taking the knees by surprise. This causes painful inflammation and unsteadiness in the kneecaps.
- Strained Hamstring, Calf & Achilles Tendon – this injury manifests as tightness and pain. A strained hamstring creates pain in your thigh, while the others create calf pain.
- Back Pain – Back muscles are a core power source when serving and this can take its toll, resulting in stiffness, pulling and tightness.
5 Tips on How Not to Get Caught By Injuries on The Court
- Work with a qualified coach to learn and practice the proper technique.
- Get professional advice when choosing the correct footwear, protective gear and racket. The type of court you’ll be playing on should be taken into consideration.
- Learn as many different types of strokes as possible. Versatility prevents repetition.
- Make sure that your tennis balls are in good condition. They must be dry and bouncy.
- If you have a prior injury, consult with a medical professional before playing.
Get Help to Fix A Tennis Injury Before It’s Too Late
- Depending on how bad your injury is, treatment can take place in generic ways at home or require a bit more attention from professionals. You can go and see a general practitioner about the pain, but ultimately you need a long-term solution that will fix current injuries with the goal of preventing these from happening in the future.
At Graceville Physio we have specialist sports physio’s who not only treat tennis injuries but prevent these happening through a variety of techniques:
- Assessment of your movement patterns and movement faults
- Analysis of weaknesses in your body tension caused by overuse
- Screening tests
- Massage or dry needling to relieve strain on muscles, tendons and connective tissue*
- Correction and strengthening exercises
- Exercise therapy
- Joint mobilisation and taping techniques
- Stretching techniques
- Tips for ultimate performance & perfecting your technique
- Advice on shoes, equipment, gradual return to sport etc
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