Elbow Injury Prevention

With the second round of the US Open coming to a close, the competition is beginning to get fierce. All the stars are under the spotlight. Every shot they take, movement they make, under close scrutiny. The whole world of tennis lovers is watching their beloved athletes put on a dazzling performance. One athlete who is missing from the scene, however, is tennis superstar Rafa Nadel, the Spanish lefty powerhouse whose size, speed, strength and athleticism have won him 64 titles and over $70,000,000 in prize money. He announced to the world the month prior that he had developed a nagging and severely painful wrist injury that would keep him from seeing the court and defending the US Open Court Title. It is an incredible shame for such a talented star to sit out of one of America’s most coveted sports tournaments in existence. However, our Houston chiropractors do not necessarily want to drone on about one star athlete, per se. Rather, our professionals at the best Houston chiropractic clinic want to share with the world some of the common tennis injuries, and what one can do to avoid them. Tennis is a veritably enjoyable game to play. It is like therapy for many – the way it soothes the mind and gives one a spiritual body-high; the way it injects vigor and rigor back into a human being through its competitive nature; the way it brings calmness and serenity of mind when the game is over. The problem is, though, all these incredible benefits that come from playing the game cannot be experienced if one has an injury. In contract, playing with the sport when one has an injury can actually be deleterious to the person doing it. Why? Because the injury can only get worse – and if it gets really bad, then one’s entire lifestyle will be impacted. For instance, someone with a wrist injury who aggravates that injury by playing tennis may not be able to write anymore. No more writing letters to a loved one, no more signing checks, no more using a keyboard with the same speed and celerity.

No doubt, every athlete wants to avoid injuries. That is why they strength train. That is why they focus on flexibility, balance, and body alignment. The less flexible, the less balanced, the less body symmetry, the greater the chance that one picks up an injury. And once one has the injury, the longer it’ll take to return back to decent health. The importance of injury prevention cannot be stressed. It is a must.

Tennis Injury Prevention

In order to avoid tennis elbow, also known as elbow tendinitis, it is important to pay really focus on your grip and swing technique. Elbow tendinitis develops as a result of an overuse of the muscles responsible for extending the wrist. Said muscles are most often used when the ball gets in contact with the tennis racquet. Whether it be a forehand or a backhand, these muscles are used. Even some volleys require their use, though not in every case, depending on the angle and motion of the volley. Pete Sampras was known for his fantastic backhand, which he developed as a young child and eventually mastered as a young adult. He often stated, “If only use your forehand, or if you only use your backhand, then chances are greater that you will develop elbow tendinitis. The reason for this: you are using the same muscles twice as often as you would if you hit half your balls with the backhand and half your balls with the forehand.” Doesn’t this make perfect sense? Of course it does. And for folks who want to prevent elbow tendinitis, it’d be wise to spend time working on the weaker of the two swings. That way, you don’t overuse a certain set of your muscles. Our Houston chiropractors may not be able to teach a tennis player to use his or her backhand or forehand better, but they can still help you prevent injuries by having you follow particular exercise routines.

If one’s rotator cuff muscles are not strong, the shoulder socket becomes really stressed – potentially leading to a painful inflammation of the tissues. The regular use of resistance bands – two to three or even four times per week – can increase shoulder strength to a degree to which the nagging pain becomes a thing of the past. Also, properly stretching the muscles after a workout can do wonders. Stretch slowly and for no more than 15 seconds. Overdoing it will only do more harm than good. The purpose is to increase flexibility without sacrificing strength. Longer stretches actually result in the weakening of muscles – putting much unwanted unnecessary stress and strain in a tender place.