Tennis Players: It Doesn’t Matter "How You Slice It" Corrective Exercise Before a Problem is Better Than After One!

In elite junior players, the overall incidence of shoulder injury typically ranges from 10-30%. 80% of these injuries are overuse injuries.

Impingement is right up there as well statistically…

Question; can we prevent overuse injuries in elite junior tennis players?

Or do we just rehab or surgically repair it all the time?

maybe we should be doing this BEFORE an injury instead of after…

Tennis elbow is also a common diagnosis for tennis players and also an overuse injury. Where does tennis elbow come from? The elbow? Interesting that one study indicated that 64% of those who were diagnosed with tennis elbow also had a shoulder injury….hmmmm.

According to Wikipedia;

Tennis elbow is a condition where the outer part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. It’s a condition that is commonly associated with playing tennis, though the injury can happen to almost anybody.[1]

The condition is more formally known as lateral epicondylitis (“inflammation to the outside elbow bone”)[2], lateral epicondylosis, or simply lateral elbow pain.

You could shoot yourself up with cortisone once every couple of months for a year like this guy did to treat his tennis elbow (obviously don’t do that unless you are a licensed professional)…

…or you could try and prevent it or treat it alternatively. Your choice.

Question; during which aspect of the game of tennis is one most likely to injure their shoulder?

a) backhand strokes
b) forehand strokes
c) serving
d) during dynamic flexibility drills in the warm-up

What is your answer?

Thanks for reading have to get ready for my next client, a fellow massage therapist who has shoulder pain!

Do you think I will perform an integrated assessment and prescribe corrective exercise for him? 🙂

Eric Beard
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist

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One Comment

  1. Posted June 25, 2011 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    A correct tennis elbow exercise is helpful after your arms has healed to strengthen elbow joints. An improved strength means an improved health. Next time you use them for any repetitive motions, your arms will be stronger to take any action without getting an injury.

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