down a ball on the baseline, lunging at a passing shot, straining
to reach a lob almost every aspect of tennis involves a
certain amount of risk. Even the repetitive motions of serving
and hitting groundstrokes can cause painful injury, turning
you from active participant to unhappy spectator.
According to an article in the Journal of Sports Chiropractic
& Rehabilitation, stretching and strengthening exercises
can help minimize your risk of sustaining a tennis-related
injury. The authors present various techniques in a photographic
format with text explanations. Included is a review of easy
exercises you can perform at home or in the gym, such as:
€ torso stretch;
€ pelvic tilt;
€ hamstring stretch;
€ lumbar extension;
€ side bend;
€ shoulder rotation;
€ knee flexion;
€ hip extension; and
€ scapular retraction.
You're probably familiar with some of these techniques already,
but your doctor can give you more specific information and
outline an exercise program to maximize health and reduce
your risk of injury.
Baron SH, Washington KW. Tennis injuries: lower the risk
through stretching and strengthening. Journal of Sports
Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 1999: Vol. 13, No. 4, pp164-70.