Tennis Injury And Recovery

We all have been there, dreaded injuries that are threating our beloved game of tennis.
It's hard to avoid them and it pays to know what to do for quick recovery.

ITF Injury Prevention And Recovery Guidelines

Calf Muscle Strain ('Tennis Leg')

Calf Injury‘Tennis leg’ is an incomplete rupture of the inside of the calf muscle. It is a typical tennis injury that often occurs in players in the 35 to 50 age group. This muscle injury may occur as a result of a sudden contraction of the calf muscles, for instance during a sprint. Symptoms are a sudden, sharp or burning pain in the leg, sometimes accompanied by an audible sound. In most cases, the player is unable to continue play because of the severe pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery may take between a few days and six weeks.
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Ankle Sprain

Ankle InjuryA sprained or twisted ankle is the most common tennis injury. In most cases, the injury is caused by landing on the outside of the foot, with the foot turning too far inwards. The relatively weak lateral ankle ligaments are then injured (figure 1). An injury of the much stronger ligament on the inside of the ankle (medial ankle ligament) is far less common (5-10% of cases). Depending on the severity of the injury, the ligaments may be overstretched or torn, resulting in instability of the ankle. The symptoms are pain and swelling around the ankle, mainly on the outside, later followed by discoloration of the skin.
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Tennis Elbow

Elbow InjuryTennis elbow is the best-known and also the most painful elbow injury in tennis players. An estimated 50% of all tennis players will suffer from tennis elbow in the course of their career. Players aged over 35 are particularly at risk. Tennis elbow is an overuse injury of the extensor muscles of the wrist, in which pain and tenderness are felt at the attachment of these muscles at the outer side of the elbow (figure 1). The pain may radiate into the arm, wrist and fingers. The injury usually develops gradually, as a result of multiple micro ruptures and scar tissue at the muscle attachment. The injury may also occur suddenly, for instance as a result of miss-hitting the ball, so that a larger tear develops. Lifting, gripping, twisting the wrist, shaking hands, washing dishes or opening a door may all be very painful. During tennis, hitting backhands usually provokes the pain.
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14 pages about most common tennis injuries with explanations, pictures and workout to recover or avoid them from ITF.
Injury Prevention Guidlines (490 KB)
Source: International Tennis Federation page

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