?Tennis Elbow?Lateral epicondylitis, better known as Tennis Elbow, is such a common tennis-related injury that it took on the game?s name. The muscles and tendons of the forearm that attach to the humerus become inflamed. It is caused by prolonged gripping activities and the repeated impact of the tennis ball on the racquet. The injury is more common in new tennis players because their bodies are not used to the stresses and strains of the game. Professional tennis players tend to have custom handles on their racquets, which are tailored to their grip, thus preventing this painful injury.
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Rotator Cuff InjuriesShoulder injuries, particularly those involving the rotator cuff, are another common tennis injury. Injuries of this type are usually progressive injuries caused by a repeated overextension of the shoulder; it is common when the athlete extends their arm over their heads. The serve is the most energy-demanding motion in tennis, one that accounts for up to 60 percent of all actions performed during a typical match. Minor rotator cuff injuries tend to repair themselves with rest and the use of anti-inflammatory medicines. Significant rotator cuff injuries sometimes require surgery to tears. If surgery is needed, it is difficult for the player to return to the same level of performance they enjoyed before going under the knife.
Sprained AnklesSprained ankles are extremely common injuries tennis players suffer. Roger Federer and Andy Murray have both been sidelined by this type of injury. The damage usually occurs when players twist or turn sharply, which is something that is frequently required during a game.? Sprains come in three grades, depending on how severe they are. Grade 1 sprains are stretching or a slight tear of the ligament. Players can continue playing with minimal pain with this grade. Grade 2 is a more severe sprain, usually with an incomplete tear. Those suffering from a grade 2 sprain can expect moderate pain accompanied by bruising and swelling. The ankle may feel stable, but the area is tender, and even walking is painful. The most severe sprain is Grade 3. Suffering this injury makes it impossible to play tennis because the ankle is unstable and can give out. There will be intense pain, and grade 3 sprains often require surgery to rectify.
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