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By Naomi Brasier (Osteopath)

Summer in Australia means the start of the Australian Open...

If you are anything like me, this is when we tend to get a bit tennis crazy. We may be tempted to reach for the dusty tennis racket in the garage or to ramp up our tennis enthusiasm if we already play!

As we enter Tennis silly season, let’s keep some things in mind!

Injuries in Tennis

Tennis involves high speed ball on racket impact, repetition and the use of your spine, legs and your dominant arm. This can predispose you to a variety of injuries!

The most common injuries in tennis actually involve the lower limb. This is due to the sprinting, quick deceleration and changing direction in tennis.

These injuries may include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Ligament sprains in the knee
  • Muscle tears e.g. quadriceps strain, hamstring strain
  • Overuse injuries e.g. shin splints
  • Image from: https://www.freepressjournal.in/sports/australia-open-djokovic-survives-scare-in-tough-slam-opener

    Upper limb injuries are usually linked to the repetitive and high velocity nature of the arm movements in tennis (e.g. a tennis serve).

    Upper limb injuries may include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathies e.g. rotator cuff
  • Overuse injuries e.g. lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis
  • Image from: https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1444680/wozniacki-serves-up-first-australian-open-final

    So how do we get into our tennis without all these injuries?

    Tip One: Ease back into it

    If you start playing tennis 5 times a week and you have never played before, you will more than likely hurt yourself – Work your way into it and be smart about it!

    Tip Two: Use the Appropriate Equipment

    Make sure you have good supportive footwear. Tennis is a sport than involves a lot of running, so what you put on your feet matters.

    Tip Three: Warm Up Before Playing

    Preparing your body before exercise is crucial. Taking your body through the movements commonly involved in tennis is a good place to start.

    Tip Four: Recover Properly 

    If you feel stiff or sore following your tennis you may be experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The best way to combat this type of soreness is to keep moving. You may also find some relief in having a warm shower or bath.

    Tip Five: Seek Assistance

    If you do suffer from an injury whilst playing tennis or you are entering this tennis season with an injury, get it addressed! The last thing you want is for the injury to snowball into something worse and stop you from participating in the sport.

    If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us at the clinic. We are always happy to help!

    Good luck with your tennis endeavours everyone!

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