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Tennis – Common injuries and treatments

Tennis – Common injuries and treatments Tennis elbow If you play tennis regularly you will have heard of this condition; it is an injury caused by the overuse of the muscles used to extend your wrist. This often happens when playing tennis due to the impact of hitting the ball with the racquet, this action causes the muscles in your wrist to contract. The pain usually occurs on the outside of the elbow and worsens whenever you participate in an activity that causes you to use these muscles. Shoulder injuries Stress fractures Stress fractures can occur in the shins or feet due to a rapid increase in your training regime. They can also occur in your back, caused when your back is arched and rotated whilst serving which places pressure on the vertebrae. To avoid stress fractures, gradually increase your training regime ensuring that you also perform thorough warm up and cooling down exercises. Try not to overarch your back when serving. Muscle strains Muscle strains are usually acute in nature and can happen after fast or sudden movements. You can help to prevent these by making sure that you are thoroughly warmed up before playing, and also by maintaining ... Read more

Calf pain in skiers and boarders

Calf Pain in Skiers and Boarders Do you get aches or pain in your calf muscles after a ski or snowboarding session? If you do you may not be alone, especially in the first few days of your break if you have not participated in any pre-holiday preparation exercises. Skiing and snowboarding have different physical demands on your body but they can both cause problems in your lower legs. This article focuses on aches and pains from the overuse of the muscles and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) rather than any injury or tear in the muscle. The role of both muscles is to allow the foot to point downwards towards the ground (plantar flexion) and also they allow pressure to be put through the ball of the foot in order to generate power for walking or jumping etc. To be able to change direction, control the speed and direction when skiing or snowboarding you will use varying pressures through the foot which results in the calf muscles changing from a contracting to stretching state which can leave them tense. You can be at a greater risk of straining these calf muscles if you have; poor flexibility in both muscles, do not allow enough ... Read more
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