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Staying Injury Free for Tennis Part II

April 19, 2016

 

April 19, 2016

The last blog covered why many of us have knee problems.  I'll be going over this in a more extensive manner on a future blog or article but it is a great starting point to experiment with exercises I showed to get your glutes more engaged during your tennis playing.  Fortunately, not all injuries are that complex, especially with the forearm.  Many small tweaks can do a world of change on your game.  I will go over the different strategies to help alleviate pain in the forearm but before I do, let's dive into the cause of tennis elbow.  After all, without knowing why you have the pain in the first place will not allow you to fully recover from it.  

 

The Root of the Problem

Tennis elbow is inappropriately labeled in my opinion.  It's related more with the forearm of your dominate hand.  When you are constantly contracting your forearm for a long period of time, your forearm gets overused.  Many believe that tennis elbow is part of the game where we have to compensate for the injury with arm bands or physical therapy.  Think of it like this, why do professionals that play way more than us hardly ever get tennis elbow?  Something is missing.  Here are the reasonings.  See if any of these are the perpetrator of your tennis elbow.  Remember, tennis elbow happens after a long period of neglect so even if you do not have it right now, see below if you can make some changes to avoid the injury in the future. 

 

Fix through a smaller grip

To put it in perspective, Rafael Nadal's grip size is 4 1/4.  The reason being is that he can swing his racquet with a lot more head speed with a smaller grip to create the spin needed to control the ball.  This is a bit extreme for most of us but the idea is simple.  A larger grip size forces you to put more effort into gripping the racquet for control.  I recommend your fin