5 COMMON TENNIS INJURIES
Tennis is a very demanding sport, and injuries are far from uncommon. Some injuries can be treated at home with some ice and some ibuprofen, but some can be much more serious. Team 30Fifteen has compiled a short list of some of the most common tennis injuries, what causes them, and how to prevent and treat them. That being said, we are definitely not doctors, so if you are injured, we recommend seeking out professional medical advice.
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Perhaps one of the most common injuries in the sport of tennis is rotator cuff tendonitis, which is when the muscles and tendons around the shoulder blade become inflamed. This is usually because of overuse, particularly while you’re overhead serving. For the most part, it can be avoided by regularly doing conditioning exercises, maintaining flexibility, and by listening to your body. It it’s over exhausted, it doesn’t hurt to take a water break. When it comes to healing rotator cuff tendonitis, ice, rest and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen usually do the trick, but like we said, going to see a doctor is not a bad idea.
This is another biggie. It comes from inflammation or small tears in the forearm muscles and tendons. To prevent it, you can work on perfecting your backhand form, so you are not overemphasizing the movement in the wrist. It’s also important that you select the proper racquet size for your body. This injury can also be treated with ice, rest and anti-inflammatories, with the addition of a compression sleeve. However, if the injury becomes chronic, it could require surgery. That whole doctor idea is sounding good right about now.
Back pain is super common, especially among older players, and it is often attributed to over use. Perfecting your technique and avoiding over exaggerated poses (like over-arching your back) will protect the spine and its surrounding soft tissues. If you do experience back pain, allow your body to rest and you could take an ibuprofen for the pain. Monitor the situation closely, though, as there is always the possibility you are suffering a much more severe injury.
We are no stranger to ankle sprains. You can help prevent strains by practicing your agility while conditioning and by always wearing proper athletic shoes. The standard treatment for ankle sprains is rest, ice, and elevation with the addition of an anti-inflammatory. However, excessive swelling or bruising is a huge red flag, and you’d need to visit a doctor immediately.
This one happens when your toes are squished into the shoe. This usually happens during starts and stops, and it looks like a bruise underneath the toenail. It can be prevented by wearing shoes that fit properly and keeping your toenails trimmed neatly. Treatment usually involves keeping the toe clean and wrapped in gauze, but in severe cases, a doctor must relieve the pressure by drilling a small hole in the toenail.
Hopefully this post hasn’t scared you away from tennis forever; we swear, it isn’t all sprained ankles and drilling holes in toenails. In fact, as you have already read, most of these tennis injuries can be completely avoided with proper conditioning, technique, and gear. Still, accidents happen, so if you do experience any of these injuries, we urge you to seek our medical advice – especially, if the pain lasts more than a week.