Tennis Injuries

Written by Sierra Rein
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The most common tennis injuries happen in the elbow, shoulder, rotator cuff, knee, calf, thigh, back and groin. Although most professional tennis professionals typically take preventative measures regarding stretching, hydration, nutrition, and strength conditioning, they often become the unwitting victims of injuries and strains. However, those who treat tennis as more of a hobby are more likely to experience tennis injuries due to a reduced concentration on prevention and rehabilitation.

Tennis elbow is, of course, the most recognizable of all types of tennis injuries and is caused by a poor grip on the racket or incorrect backhand techniques. Tennis elbow is the inflammation of the tendon on the outside of the forearm which attaches to the lateral epicondyle. Interestingly enough, most people who experience tennis elbow are not professional athletes, but are merely those who fall within the 40 to 50 year age range.

Another common tennis injury is tennis leg or calf strain, which is a tearing of the large gastrocnemius or soleus muscles in the back of the lower leg. The pain is felt midway up the calf in the gastrocnemius muscle and lower in the leg in the oleus. Treatment for these ruptures include cold compression, wrapping, elevation, and sports massage techniques.

Some Lesser-Known Tennis Injuries

There are also a number of generic aches and pains associated with the sport of tennis. Lower back pain, or lumbago, can plague tennis players, as can hernia and groin strains, hamstring pulls and thigh muscle pains. These can be treated the same as other sports injuries with hot and ice compression therapies, rest, and massage.

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