Most Common Injuries
Most recreational players get on the court two to three times per week.
By itslef, playing does not increase one's flexibility, only a regular
program can accomplish that. You must balance the attention paid to skills,
conditioning and flexibility to have a total program. In order to aviod
having even a minor ailment effect your game, invest time in preparing your body. Minimal
muscles soreness can change your forehand, backhand and/or serve and cause tremendous frustration.
Getting to know your body's abilities can enable players to prepare properly
and get the most out of every game while avoiding these all too common injuries:
- Pulled muscle. (Known as strains, these injuries can limit or end participation and may be
caused by poor warm-up or fatique.)
- Sprains. (Caused by many factors including fatigue, equipment and snow conditions.)
- Fractured or broken bones. (Caused by falls as well as severe twisting of bones)
- Hip and Back Pain. (Causes are most often complicated and potentially serious.)
- Shoulder Pain. (Caused by weakness, techniques, or fatigue.)
The following first aid should be used for almost all athletic injuries: pulled muscles,
sprained liagaments or broken bones. These guidelines should NOT be used instead of visting
- Rest- Stop using the injured bosy part the minute it is hurt. Use a sling, crutches or splint.
- Ice- The more blood that collects at the injury site the longer it will take to heal. Keep ice on
for 20 minutes per half hour for the first 24 to 72 hours. Place a damp towel or dressing between
the ice and skin.
- Compression- Wrap an elastic bandage firmly over the ice and around the injured body part. If
cramping or throbbing occurs, unwrap at once.
- Elevation- Raise the injured part above your heart.
The R.I.C.E. program should be used for the first 24 to 72 hours after injury.
When you should see a doctor?
You know your body best. If intuition tells you that something is wrong, see your doctor. If
you are in doubt, see your doctor.
- Pain. Pain is nature's way of saying don't do something. When it speaks, listen.
- All joint injuries. All injuries to a joint or its ligaments should be examined by a physician.
If they are not treated quickly, these injuries can become more serious.
- Loss of function. If you cannot move an arm, leg, or any part of either, then you have lost function.
Pain and/or deformity may be present.
- Pain that lasts for more than two weeks. Persistent pain indicates something serious. If the degree
of pain is constant or slightly improved, see your doctor.
Identifictation of weak muscle weakness and in-flexibilityy can be approached through a physical examination.
Also knowing ones limit can provide prevention from injuries. Regular stretching may also reduce injuries.
Keys to Proper Warm-up
- Before stretching do a few light exercises to increase the blood flow within muscles.
- Stretch-Examples of Stretching