Orthopedic ONE Sports Medicine Corner
Orthopedic ONE is proud to be the official Sports Medicine Partner of Elysium Tennis. Each month we will provide tips and tricks to help keep you active and healthy so you can be your best on the court!
Getting Hurt Can be Scary; Common Injuries Seen in Tennis Players
While tennis provides many physical and mental health benefits, it is still a physically demanding sport that can lead to acute and chronic injuries. Here are a few of the most common:
- Rotator Cuff Injuries: The rotator cuff muscles and tendons hold the upper arm bone in the shoulder socket. Improper serving or overhead stroke techniques, a hard fall, or repetitive motions can cause tennis players to develop rotator cuff injuries.
- Tennis Elbow: This is an overuse injury that can be caused by repetitive motions like gripping the racket too tightly or incorrect stroke techniques. Marked by inflammation of the tendons that connect the forearm muscles to the elbow muscles, pain is primarily reported at the lateral epicondyle (the bony bump on the outer side of the elbow).
- Lumbar Pain: Tennis players may experience lumbar pain, also known as lower back pain, as a result of the twisting and bending motions involved in the sport.
- Knee Injuries: Tennis involves a lot of lateral movement and pivoting, which can result in knee injuries such as patellar tendonitis or meniscus tears.
- Ankle Sprains: An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of the ankle ligaments is stretched beyond the normal range of motion. Sprains can occur as a result of the quick changes in direction and twisting motions that are common in tennis.
If you experience these or any other injuries, the team at Orthopedic ONE is here for you! Connect with a certified athletic trainer during onsite clinic hours or through the Sports Medicine Hotline at the onset of injury, as seeking timely medical attention can shorten recovery time and prevent long-term issues.
Orthopedic ONE Sports Medicine Services
- Onsite Clinic Hours: Jillian Measley, ATC, LAT, serves as Elysium Tennis’ dedicated Certified Athletic Trainer. She holds weekly walk-in clinic hours at Elysium on Tuesdays between 2:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
- Sports Medicine Hotline: The Hotline is a FREE resource to Coaches, Families and Athletes with any of our affiliated clubs or organizations. Have a sports medicine related question or need? Connect with an Orthopedic ONE certified athletic trainer through our Hotline to assist with the following:
- Address injuries that do not require emergency medical attention
- Schedule a no-cost injury evaluation with a certified athletic trainer
- Answer general questions regarding sports medicine care