Tennis

What are common tennis injuries?

Tennis, played worldwide, is one of the most popular racket sports. A high number of tournaments for competitive tennis players may lead to overuse injuries, such as “tennis elbow” or wrist injuries. For noncompetitive tennis players, improper or inadequate physical and technique training may be the cause of overuse injuries. Although overuse injuries make up a large chunk of tennis injuries, the good news is that such injuries can be prevented with some changes to technique and training routines.

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Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses impingement syndrome in tennis.

Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses wrist tendonitis in tennis.

Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses knee ligament strain in tennis.

Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses knee ligament strain in tennis.

Calf Strain in Tennis

In tennis, a calf strain occurs in your lower leg, which is where the calf is. And it’s often due to the pushoffs you’ll have to do during your tennis strokes.

The person may feel like they’ve been hit or kicked by someone when the calf strain originally occurs and they may be unable to push off on it – in fact may have pain on every step as they walk.

A typical recovery time for a calf strain depends on the severity of the injury. If only a few fibers are torn, it may be only a few days. If more fibers are torn it may be several weeks, or if it is a full tear, it may be several months and indeed may require surgery.

When dealing with a calf strain in the first 24 to 48 hours its important to follow the RICE principle. After that, it’s probably a good idea to see your physiotherapist They can give you some stretches and some exercises to try and help decrease the amount of scar tissue that’s forming in that muscle.

But you may also be able to utilize a muscular support which can give you a little bit of relief by placing it on your calf. It will give some compression to the area and decrease the amount of irritation that you’re feeling and also provide compression over the area to help speed healing.

If you suspect you have a calf strain, contact your local physiotherapist and have it evaluated.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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Shoulder impingement in tennis

The head of the humerus has to come up and clear an arch of tissue which is called the acromial arch.

If because of poor posture or swelling in the tendons or the bursa it will often become impinged and cause jamming of the shoulder joint. Impingement syndrome of the shoulder can easily occur in tennis due to the repetitive nature of the overhead strokes. Impingement syndrome in the shoulder will often be felt in a lateral aspect and it’s an inability to raise the arm up without feeling pain in this area of the shoulder.

If you suspect you’ve got shoulder impingement syndrome, you should go see your physiotherapist and they will give you a variety of different exercises and advice about how to better deal with this sports injury.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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Golfers (Tennis) Elbow

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Golfer’s elbow in tennis is a generic term for pain felt on the medial aspect of the elbow and involves the flexor tendons and muscles of the elbow.

Often what you’ll find is they’ll be pinpoint tender and sore right on the medial epicondial and the forearm flexor muscles running down this side of the arm will as well be very stiff and tight and give pain often times going to the wrist.

Initial treatment should involve RICE, so applying ice is very, very important; but also if we get rid of some of the tension on the muscles, it helps to decrease the pull on to the tendon attachment.

Using a small ball like this and doing some massage work on it will help to decrease the tension on those muscles and decrease the pull on to the tendon attachment. To help treat golfer’s elbow, I think one of the most important things is to go and see a local physiotherapist. They can help you and give you stretches and strength exercises to overcome this common problem.

If you have questions about golfer’s elbow in tennis, contact your local physiotherapist.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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Carl Petersen, physiotherapist, discusses calf strain in tennis.

Bicep Tendonitis and Tennis

Bicep Tendonitis and Tennis Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

In tennis, players they can develop biceps tendonitis just from the repetitive nature of the overhead strokes.

Biceps tendonitis can be caused from overuse during the service motion. It can also be caused from hitting late forehands and it’s pain is felt in the front part of the shoulder and it will often be increased pain with any kind of movements forward like this, or with any biceps movements where you’re having to pick something up.

With biceps tendonitis often there will be a nodule that will form on the tendon where the tendon runs through a little groove of bone. That will become extremely painful to touch or palpate and sometimes you’ll feel a click when you raise your arm up and down.

Well once a proper diagnosis is made of bicep tendonitis, the physio sometimes will get in and friction that tendon out. They’ll give a variety of exercises for stretching and strengthening which will help to decrease not only the size of the nodule but increase full range of motion so that you’re able to do all of your strokes without pain.

Presenter: Mr. Carl Petersen, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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