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How to avoid injuries!

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Prevention is better than cure
 
LTA Osteopath Sophie Scott describes where, and how we get injured, and how to avoid it.

The most common tennis injuries are as follows:
Shoulder, elbow, wrist, abdomen, lower back, knee and ankle.
 
So what can we do to protect these areas?
 
1. Think about environmental risk factors:
– Equipment: racket (grip, weight, tension), shoes, balls
– Playing surface: changing surfaces
– Climate: head= dehydration
– Training intensity duration and frequency
– Warm up (stretching)
– Cool down and recovery
 
2. Think about individual risk factors
– Age (risk of injury increases with age)
– Growth
– Skill level
– Biomechanics ­ how your body is made up
 
3. Top ten tips
– Correct equipment ­ seek advice!
– Respect the environment! Stagger your exposure
– Good technique ­ don¹t develop bad habits
– Structured approach to training
– Optimal fitness leads to optimal performance
– Growth: expect and respect growth
– Warm up: aerobic, dynamic stretch, tennis specific
– Cool down: aerobic, dynamic and passive stretching
– Recovery: fluid, nutrition, ice, massage
– Referral: physiotherpist and/or GP
 
If you have a question for Sophie, email us letters@acetennismagazine.com

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