It’s that time of year when many of us look forward to watching Wimbledon, but many go one better and actually get out there and play. Good for you if you do! Tennis is a great sport that combines speed, strength, agility and mental toughness. It’s a great cardio workout too. But tennis injuries are sadly not uncommon. My Dad had a nasty back injury over 25 years ago playing tennis that still gives him trouble occasionally so it’s lucky for him that I’m around to help. Here are some top tips on how to get out there and enjoy a set or three without ending up in my clinic.
1: Always have a warm up and a cool down. Get the blood flowing into those joints and muscles. It helps to stretch out beforehand to avoid putting strain on your body, and afterwards you shouldn’t experience too many aches and pains.
2: Watch your technique. Get some lessons if you’re going to play regularly. At the very least watch some videos and try to emulate the top players. In particular, if you serve incorrectly you risk straining your back muscles – or worse.
3: Wear the proper gear. No, not the latest fashion, but footwear. Preferably shoes made specifically for tennis that have the correct supports.
4: Don’t overdo it. If you’re not used to playing long matches, ease yourself into it. If you and/or your opponent are finding it hard going then stop and agree to resume at another time. Repetitive strain can be a real issue.
Chiropractors can help maintain physical fitness, as well as putting things right when injuries occur. Top players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic use chiropractors regularly, and Andy Murray has said of his chiro “He has helped my game for years”. In fact, it’s him in our picture above getting some on the spot treatment courtside.
So to all those budding champions we salute you! Take care out on the court and make sure you follow these simple guidelines.