Racquet sports injuries

Studies have shown that squash has the greatest percentage of injuries amongst racquet sports. This is followed by tennis and then badminton. This is expected in squash due to the higher rate of contact and greater stress involved on the body.

These injuries can be classified into acutely traumatic and chronically overuse. Traumatic injuries, seen mostly in squash, involve injury to the eyes and falls causing shoulder dislocations or strains. Lower limb injuries particularly ankle sprains have twice the incidence rates as that of shoulder, elbow, wrist or spine.

However, tennis is a popular sport and hence it draws millions in training and winnings. This competitive nature of the sport creates greater physical demands on the body as well as increased time spent training in both recreational and professional sports persons. Recreational players are prone to lateral epicondalgia (tennis elbow) whereas the elite player would suffer from shoulder pain.

Such shoulders can be managed by a well-�designed graded scapular stabilization regime followed by return to sport through re-�education of the joint through functional movement patterns. Tennis elbow can also occur in non-racquet sports that utilize repetitive forearm movements like playing the violin, gardening and repeated finer movements of the hand and wrist such as typing.

The nature of the court can also have an effect on player injuries. It has been noted to be greatest on hard courts than natural grass. But least injuries occurred to the back and lower extremity on clay. Knee injuries, particularly to the kneecap (patellafemoral dysfunctions, Jumper's knee etc.) are quite common among tennis players.

We can help not only treat your injury but also help improve your performance. Simple tips from us such as changing your grip, restringing your racquet and correcting your posture can create wonders in performance and preventing injury.

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