Tennis is one of the great social games we play all year round, with the French Open and Wimbledon close by, it is important to have a good understanding of the physical requirements to truly make the most out of your time on court and to reap the for full enjoyment. It’s a game that is highly anaerobic, takes concentration, agility and skill, and promotes just about every fundamental movement pattern humans can perform. Unfortunately due to the repetitive nature of stroke play, overuse injuries can and often do occur, particularly in the upper body for the weekend warrior, so don’t let tennis elbow stop you.
So what is tennis elbow?
Put simply tennis elbow is a condition caused by inflammation of the tendons on the outer bone of the elbow. Repetitive movement at the wrist which frequently occurs in tennis can cause this condition.
But it’s not just tennis players, there are many day to day activities we do at work and around the home that could exacerbate this condition. Excessive emailing, texting, and other work related functions mean by the time we hit the court to have fun, our elbows are already in a state of fatigue and potentially pain.
Absolute’s Massage Therapist James Meredith can lengthen the tight muscles of the forearm and de-sensitise the pain at the elbow using a combination of massage, dry needling and stretching. Combining this passive treatment with active strengthening exercises to re-condition the arm and prevent further injury will have you on the court and pain free all year long.
To find out more on how our comprehensive sports medicine offering can ensure you get the most out of your passions and pursuits, injury free, come in and see us at Absolute, 199 William St, Melbourne CBD.
Written by Absolute’s Massage Therapist James Meredith. Massage Therapy Melbourne CBD.