Tennis Injuries

Tennis Injuries

What are common tennis injuries?

Tennis is a famous world-famous sport, which demands full-body participation during running, serving & attaining different positions while performing in the court. So it becomes important for the player to maintain strength, flexibility & muscle conditioning to prevent any type of injury. Lack of conditioning, overtraining & inappropriate techniques of performing a certain task during the game may lead to certain injuries.

 Sports injuries is well treated by your physical therapist, they help you to recover rapidly & also provides some education on the prevention of further injuries.

How to prevent tennis injuries?

  • Keeping body Hydrated
  • Warm-up your body
  • Adequate intake of food

What are the common forms of tennis injuries?

  • Shoulder Impingement/ Rotator cuff injuries       

Shoulder impingement or rotator cuff injuries occur because of the repetitive overhead movement required to serve & hit the ball. These movements require high levels of muscular control for maintaining the stability of the shoulder joint during tennis strokes.

  • Golfer’s elbow/ Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow injury occurs to the tendons located on the outer side of the elbow, this overuse and overload occurs from the forehand strokes whereas medial epicondylitis is caused due to excessive use of topspin and overload on the backhand stroke-causing pain and inflammation.  

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome develops due to the laid-back grip, rotation of the palm upward, & quickly turning the wrist to perform the topspin.

  • Lower Back pain

Players who play tennis tend to suffer from low back pain due to the fast weight transfers, jumping, and twisting, resulting in repeated flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion of the spine commonly required during loading or cocking phase of the tennis serve.  

  • Labral tears/ Femoroacetabular impingement

Labral tears and Femoroacetabular impingement can occur in tennis players due to the multidirectional movement pattern, loading and abruptly starting, cutting, twisting, and stopping.

  • Patella tendinopathy/Calf strain/ Hamstring strain

Lower legs tend to bear most of the pressure, as the players are required to perform sudden movements and to shift their balance. Overstretched muscle becomes prone to tears. The tennis players need to constantly twist, turn and changes speed; therefore both the patella tendon below the kneecap and the medial ligament inside it can be easily damaged.

  • Sprained Ankle

Ankles are most prone to injury; ligament that supports the joint gets overstretched due to repeated jumping, stepping on an uneven surface or incorrect stepping.

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

Physical therapy treatment depends on the nature of the injury. Your physical therapist will help to relieve the painful symptoms & helps to restore the function so that you can return to sports without any pain.  It helps in increasing the flexibility of the muscles, ligaments & tendons. They also provide you with proactive advice so that you can avoid similar situations that put you at risk of an injury in the future.

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