While tennis is a great exercise during the fall months, repetitive motions during the game strain both the elbow and shoulder, which may lead to serious injury. The most common tennis injury is tennis elbow, a painful inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the forearm where it attaches to the upper arm bone. Additional injuries associated with tennis are rotator cuff injuries, and impingement. Most tennis injuries are treated with conservative measures, including physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be needed.
So, how can you prevent tennis injury this fall?
Tips for Avoiding Tennis Injury This Fall:
- Choose a racquet you can grip firmly. Using the right racquet during a tennis match will help minimize the amount of stress placed on your elbows and shoulders.
- Wear appropriate shoes. Tennis shoes have outsoles designed for both clay courts and hard court surfaces, and protect your feet during a game.
- Make sure you warm up before playing. Stretching prior to a tennis match will help prevent injury, and improve your flexibility during a match. In addition, stretching after a tennis match is a great way of “cooling down” your muscles.
- Work on building your strength. Building strength in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, helps prevent tennis-related injury.