Tennis Injuries and How to Prevent Them
Tennis injuries can sideline an athlete for an entire season if they are severe enough. As the weather gets warmer, players of all levels will be hitting the courts to get in a workout. Tennis is great exercise but can also lead to a variety of injuries. Taking precautions to avoid such injuries can help ensure a long, healthy tennis season this year.
There are a number of tennis injuries that players sustain while taking in a match. Tennis is a sport that engages all parts of your body. From your arms to your ankles, each play requires the work of several muscle groups and many joints.
Some of the most common tennis injuries include:
- Ankle sprains
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Rotator cuff tears
- Tendinitis of the knee, wrist, shoulder and achilles
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis)
- Strains of the calf, abdominal muscles, groin, hamstrings
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Meniscus tear
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries
- Back pain
Don’t let this extensive list of tennis injuries scare you from enjoying such a wonderful sport. While no amount of planning can fully protect you from injury, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent a number of these issues.
Preventing tennis injuries:
- Stretch and warm up before playing a game.
- Work with an instructor to learn proper form.
- Practice a variety of swings to prevent overuse. Repetitive motion of any kind can lead to overuse injuries that could otherwise be avoided.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take breaks. Fatigue is a leading cause of injury. As your body tires, you are less likely to be using proper form.
- Use supportive footwear.
- Physical conditioning and cross training in other sports can help strengthen your body and protect against certain injuries.
If you are suffering from one of the above tennis injuries, seek the advice of your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon. Continuing to play tennis with an untreated injury could possibly lead to something more serious.