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Why is it that we never hear about professional tennis players suffering from tennis elbow?
More often than not, you hear about tennis pros such as Rafael Nadal having a bum knee or wrist problems but never anything about elbow problems.
It’s more common to learn of injuries to other parts of the body but rarely do you hear of a pro missing a tournament because of a tennis elbow injury. So why is this?
Tennis elbow is more likely to occur in recreational players or even non tennis players than the professionals for 3 main reasons or factors which I will discuss briefly.
When it comes to technique, the quality of your swing/stroke, can be a huge factor as to the amount of strain that is placed on your muscles and tendons.
For example, if you take a recreational tennis player versus a pro player and examine their technique.
Many recreational players if you ask them how their technique and form is, they will most likely laugh you off and tell you they are making it up as they go.
They don’t have a lot of direction as to what they should be doing with regards to how they should swing their racquet, they are out there to have fun and enjoy themselves.
The less fundamentally correct your swing and stroke are, the higher the chances that you will damage and hurt muscles and tendons in your body.
For individuals who play with a light tennis racquet, the repetitive motion of hitting the ball over and over again with improper technique, it’s no surprise that the smaller parts of your body are going to be impacted( i.e.: your forearm, wrist, elbow ).
These areas of the body are first to show signs of swelling and inflammation when your technique is not what is should be.
2. Tension in your body
Even if your technique, when it comes to your serve, ground stroke, follow through and fundamentals are all in place, if your body is tight from the shoulder down – the likelihood of suffering an injury to the smaller body parts are still really high.
It doesn’t matter how solid your positioning, feet movement, ball contact points are, if you’re ridged and tight you’re chances of suffering tendonitis in the smaller muscles and tendons is much higher.
For example, if you look at a professional tennis player, they are much more relaxed when it comes to their swing and their technique is much more solid and superior than a recreational player.
Even if you look at their breathing, it is much more relaxed which in turn relaxes their muscles.
3. Physical Conditioning
Your average tennis pro player is hitting hundreds of balls a day.
Overtime this really builds up strength in the shoulder and arm.
A recreational tennis player may hit hundreds of balls over a week or weekend.
As a result the smaller muscles and tendons in the forearm and elbow are not near as strong as those in a professional tennis player.
Once you step back from the amount of time you spend on the tennis court, inevitably the muscles in your forearm get weaker.
When you step back on the court to play again, they fatigue much faster and are susceptible to injury such as tennis elbow.
So what is the take away from all of this?
Maintaining solid technique, having a loose, relaxed body and keeping your body fit to avoid injury are all vitally important when it comes to avoiding tennis elbow.
If you are not efficient in any of these 3 factors, then you are still at risk of developing tennis elbow.
Pro tennis players are “superstars” in all three areas so that is why they hardly ever struggle with tennis injuries that affect the upper body.
When it comes to tennis elbow, it is going to really boil down to if you are deficient in one of the 3 areas mentioned in this article.
But what if you are not a tennis player but are suffering from tennis elbow?
Don’t worry, you are not the only one.
The next time you visit your Doctor, ask them what percentage of patients they diagnose with tennis elbow who play tennis?
The number is actually quite shocking, less than 5 percent! Crazy but it’s true!
Individuals who are engaged in jobs such as outside labor, construction, plumbers, painters, cooks, jewellers, Dentists, or basically anyone who works with their hands all day long are way more at risk of sitting at home with tennis elbow than professional tennis players.
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is the author of Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed which has been teaching individuals how to overcome their tennis elbow injury at home since 2005 with over 1,767,986 copies sold.
He is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Rehab Specialist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada