- July 17, 2017
- Help for Tennis Injuries
Now that we are in the middle of the Tennis season, perhaps you have been thinking about dusting off the racquet and sharpening up your serve. After all with 31.6 million pounds having been shared out between the winners of this year’s Wimbledon, with some hard work, next year it could be you!
So what do you need to be aware of and what is needed to prevent injury and enjoy the game and extend your skills.
It is believed that 1 in 25 matches in Tennis ends in one of the players becoming injured and this year at Wimbledon there were a number of matches ending prematurely because of this. Surprisingly the vast majority of injuries are not to the shoulder, elbow or wrist but are sustained in the lower leg and into the lower spine.
Most of the courts that are for public use are polymeric surfaces which are used on tennis courts and athletic tracks, offering a high degree of slip resistance, performance and maximum comfort for players.
The court is made from a rubber shock pad and has a polyurethane coating applied over the top. This helps to lower impact on the joints and lower limbs. However, in spite of the softer nature of the courts compared to the concrete surfaces of the 1980’s and 90’s injuries to the lower limb and spine are still occurring.
The main cause of these injuries to the amateur player is lack of warm up and ill fitting shoes.
If you watch a game of Tennis and assess the movement of the players, you will see how much rotation occurs in the upper back and through the hips, when turning to chase after the ball and through the serve itself. Professional tennis players will warm up on the court for about 10 minutes but prior to that they can be on the practice courts for up to 1 hour, going through drills and warming up the body. Whilst we don’t need to warm up for that length of time, we should be warming up before a game for at least 15 minutes. These warm ups should include: a gentle jog around the court, some running with frequent changes in direction including running backwards, practicing your shots with your partner and keeping hydrated. Many injuries come from fatigue, especially the calf muscles which cramp up due to dehydration.
Although as mentioned above the courts, are much more user friendly, there is still a lot of stress going through the joints. The range of protective shoe and specialised training shoes available now is very impressive, and a trip to the local sports shop or specialised tennis shop is a must. Make sure the shoe is comfortable, gives your foot space to breathe and above all is protective.
If you have any queries, then please get in touch and book an appointment online or call 01392 428141
by Kieron Kerr