Tennis Injuries

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:

Warm up

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.

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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder is a condition affecting the shoulder joint and causes painful, restricted movement. The capsule surrounding the shoulder joint contracts and thickens as scar tissue develops.

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Sprained Ankle

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.

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Tennis Elbow

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.

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