Dealing with injuries while trying to improve your tennis game

Dealing with injuries while trying to improve your tennis game

Dealing with injuries sucks. I’ve had varying degrees of injuries over the last 4 years (never had injuries as a junior). I’ve dealt with shin splints, tennis elbow, sore muscles, strained/pulled tendons and ligaments, and more. I’ve been lucky I haven’t had any injuries that require surgery but I’m not confident I’ll be able to play for the rest of my life without a surgery… no matter how good my form is.

Lately, I’ve been battling a wrist injury and this week I’ve had a really sore elbow too. The wrist injury isn’t terrible because it only hurts on high volleys, overheads, and serves. I can still hit ground strokes and work on my game pretty well. Earlier this week though my elbow got really sore during practice and I had to cut it short. Unfortunately, the only solution is to rest.

Resting and taking time off is the worst diagnosis for me :). Tennis is my main source of exercise, its my main way to relieve stress. If you’re a tennis addict, you can certainly relate. So, how do you deal with taking time off for rest/recuperation?

  • I try to watch tennis while working so I can get a little bit of my fix in there.
  • There are some exercises I can still do to stay in shape and relieve stress. I’m currently doing kettlebell swings, knuckle push ups, squats, and pull ups.
  • I’m planning for my next tournament – thinking about how I can come back and compete in top form.

I’m only going to be out for a week but I want to make sure I’m ready when I come back. The older I get, the less I can push my luck with returning early and working too strenuously.

So, what do you guys do when you are forced to take a break?

2 Replies to “Dealing with injuries while trying to improve your tennis game”

  1. I have not had any major injury issues so far and I am on a similar quest, although a few years older. Since I decided to to improve seriously a few years ago, I significantly upped the time I spent in the gym. Another thing that really helped was a consistent yoga routine to which I have added a regular stretching regime. Love Kit Laughlin’s stretch videos on Vimeo, I think they are well worth the (low) price he is charging. Best of luck!

    1. Thanks, Paul. I have been stretching regularly but since taking a new job it has been reduced to about once per week… same for foam rolling. I need up that frequency. Yoga is a good recommendation that I’ve been procrastinating on. I’ll give the Kit Laughlin videos a look. Good luck on your journey!

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