Preventing Summer Tennis Injuries
The weather is perfect for a game of tennis. Whether you play with friends for fun or compete regularly in singles or doubles, tennis not only offers the player aerobic benefits but also improves flexibility and body functionality. Because the game requires active movement, the risk of injury is high. Common problems associated with tennis such as muscle strain, including “tennis elbow”, and muscle tears can be avoided by taking precautions.
Warm Up Before Play
As with any type of exercise, it’s important to precede with a short period of stretching and warmups. Tennis requires good range of motion in your legs as well as your arms, and you want your muscles stretched and limber when you run across the court and reach to return a serve.
Protect Your Skin
When playing outdoors, especially during the sun’s peak, take care to wear protection. Wear a hat to shield your eyes from the brightness of the sun, and apply a good sunscreen to avoid burns. The right shoes, too, make a difference on the court. Tight shoes lead to friction, which in turn raises the risk of foot blisters.
Take breaks during play, too, and spend time in the shade so you are not taxed by the heat. On this note…
Even the pros break for a drink in between sets. Keep your water bottle close and replenish your fluids during play.
Know When To Stop
You may be winning the match, but listen to your body. If something feels off about your swing or stance, or if you’re short of breath or feeling too hot, end the game. Overexertion and exhaustion can lead to other health problems. Give your body time to recover and cool down and pick up your game another time.
Consult a Bon Secours Virginia Sports Performance Expert
When you are ready to improve your tennis game, the coaches at Bon Secours Virginia Sports Performance are here to help you improve your mobility, strength, agility, speed, and endurance. Contact us today to learn more about this and other sports performance programs.