Having a tennis injury disrupt your play on the weekend is frustrating. When tennis is your life as a pro it’s frustrating and some. During the pandemic of 2020 – 2021 the number of tennis elbow injuries we’ve seen in clinic has dropped although we’re not willing to call that the silver lining of COVID just yet.
So with less time spent working on our own tennis injuries we’ve put together a quiz to test your tennis injury knowledge about the pro’s.
Why Tennis Injuries
In normal times, a tennis injury, particurly those to the joints of the upper and lower limb are mainstays of our physiotherapy practice. We see acute ankle sprains from the dashing and sliding around the court. Knee injuries too from cutting, stopping and starting. Not surprisingly the massive torque on the shoulder during serving can also trigger injuries.
Us physiotherapists are still busy looking after many local athletes and non-sporting injuries but now is the time to put in some prevention work so your body will be ready to get back to the rigours of tennis when you’re able to.
Tennis Injury Prevention
Perfect time to get your tennis injury prevention in place ahead of a return to the court over summer.
Build Up Reserve Capacity
Lifting weights and building strong joints can help bulletproof yourself from tennis injuries. For shoulders and elbows completing loaded press, fly and shrug exercises. Here our physio Dominic demonstrates one of his favourite, the Monkey Shrug.
For the lower body exercises to build up the legs include calf raises to strengthen the foot, ankle and knee and lunge or squat exercises for the quadriceps.
Use the Best Equipment for You
We’re not just talking about your racquet. Ask any physiotherapist or podiatrist and you’ll find out just how important the right shoes are for you to prevent injury.
Your tennis shoes should be stable and sturdy and reduce the risk of your spraining your ankle. If you’ve had problems here in the past, an orthotic can be used to provide more ankle stability.
If you can put the time into your body now and ensure your equipment is ready to go when you are, you’ll have the best chance of avoiding our physio treatment couch and thriving on the court.
About The Author
Naveena Seethapathy is an experienced physiotherapist working in Pascoe Vale. Naveena has a passion for sports and sports injury treatment and Naveena really knows tennis injuries. A physio with the elite title of APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist you can be assured that you’ll receive quality physio care from Naveena.