Tennis, whether competitive or recreational, can be a powerful way to stay fit. Players are constantly moving and changing direction which can cause strain on the body. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 78,000 people with tennis-related injuries come in to be seen by a doctor each year.
Preventing Tennis Injuries
Here are some tips for how to avoid injury while playing tennis:
Take the time to get your muscles moving, especially the major muscle groups.
Choose good shoes
Wear tennis shoes with good support to prevent ankle injuries. For added support, wear two pairs of socks or specially padded tennis socks.
Be court smart
Hard surfaces can cause added stress to the back, feet, and ankles. Whenever possible, choose courts that absorb shock and consider inserts for your shoes for added cushion.
Common Tennis Injuries and Conditions
Achilles Tendon Rupture
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, and its cord-like structure connects the lower leg muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is vital for walking and moving the foot. When the tendon experiences repeated or excessive force, the result can be a tear, or rupture, in the Achilles tendon.Learn More
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
Frozen shoulder is a condition affecting the shoulder joint and causes painful, restricted movement. The capsule surrounding the joint contracts and thickens as scar tissue develops. This is more common for women than men, and usually for those between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. Diabetes, some other medical conditions, and previous shoulder injuries can increase the risk of frozen shoulder developing. Causes of frozen shoulder are still not fully understood.Learn More
The ankle joint is held in place by ligaments which stabilize it. When these ligaments are stretched beyond what they can bear from a sudden twist, turn or rolling of the ankle, the result is a sprain. Depending on the severity, this could even include the ligament being torn.Learn More
Lateral epicondylosis, commonly known as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, is a condition involving the tendons attached to the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow called the lateral epicondyle.Learn More