April 23, 2016
So far I have discussed 2 out of the 3 major injuries for tennis players. If you haven't looked yet, check out the last two blogs on protecting your knees and forearms from injuries related to tennis. Now I will focus on shoulders. This is the missing piece of an injury free player. To put it in perspective, a personal trainer once told me that, "if people took care of their hips and shoulders, I would be out of a business."
What makes the shoulder so susceptible to injury
The shoulder moves together as one entity. Meaning, as you swing a racquet with your right arm, the right shoulder will move forward with the swing while the left shoulder gets out of the way. This rotation is very important and is neglected in a lot of tennis players that have picked up the sport on their own. As mentioned in the previous blog, I have seen many players use solely their arm to swing at a ball, which puts not only a lot of strain on the forearm but also the shoulders. The problem with the movement that is supposed to happen in tennis is that it doesn't come natural for many players, making it hard to learn and creates a higher chance of poor form that can cause injury later on. Let's take a look at how this injury can be avoided.
Fixing with technique
'Just like fixing the forearm, I find that the backhand is a great example to show people how to keep their shoulders from being hurt. You naturally have to rotate your shoulders together as one, allowing for less strain and for your stronger muscles (such as y