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Game Set and Match
Friday 8 July 2016

As the Wimbledon final draws closer many people will be caught up with the tennis bug and consider taking up the sport. Two thirds of tennis related injuries are caused by overuse due to lack of technique or physical training.

Most overuse injuries affect the shoulders, wrists, and elbows. Here are a few tips to help avoid such injuries, however if you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury we have dedicated orthopaedic consultants and a physiotherapy department to advise and offer treatment to help you get back to full fitness.

Tennis Elbow

Overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist backwards, such as when the tennis ball impacts with the racquet can cause what is more commonly known as “tennis elbow”. To help avoid such injury ensure that you have the proper grip size on your racquet, you strengthen the muscles around your wrist and that you have a proper routine to warm up.

Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is formed of a ball and socket joint, when this joint becomes fatigued or weak there may be an increase in the “play” of the joint, this can lead to irritation in the tissues and the bursa may become inflamed. Symptoms include pain when raising the arm above the head and can lead to problems with sleep and simple daily activities.

Using some light resistance and flexing and extending the wrist as part of your normal workout routine may help decrease the risk of injury and lessen the pain associated with this type of injury.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures can occur when muscles are overused and put increased stress onto the bones. This type of injury is usually associated with an increase in training too rapidly “too much too soon”.

This type of injury usually cause a crack in the bone rather than an actual break, usually occurring in the leg or the foot, causing a great deal of pain to the player.

A programme of strength and endurance training will help prevent these injuries, as will wearing the correct footwear.

Muscle Strains

A routine warm up followed by proper stretching will reduce the risk of muscle strains, which usually occur from rapid, sudden movements. If you have any concerns about an injury contact us and we will be happy to advise an appropriate specialist for you to see.

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