For the Tennis Player
Do Not Let Your Knee Pain Stop You From Enjoying Your Tennis Game!
You look forward to tennis each week. It’s your outlet, your stress relief, your way of socializing and staying fit.
Tennis is a demanding sport especially on your knees as it involves quick bursts of acceleration, stopping, starting and changing direction. It also requires you to use almost all the body’s muscles and one way to improve your game to is to strengthen the right ones which will support you and prevent injuries.
Tennis is a one-sided sport, meaning one side of the body tends to be more developed than the other. There’s a dominant side that gets more action, and the knees and ankles get their own share during lunges and sprints on the court. The unequal development of the body can eventually lead to a muscular misalignment resulting in pain in the back, hips, and especially in the knees.
DID YOU KNOW?
Muscular misalignment causes an imbalance between the mobility, stability, and proprioception (balance and neurological control) of the joints and flexibility and strength of the muscles and tissues that support them. Continuing to participate in a one-sided sport could increase one’s risk of experiencing knee pain. Many tennis players experience pain, but the root cause of the pain may involve issues above or below the area of pain such as muscular misalignment.
The main muscles used in tennis are shoulders, upper arms, chest, hips, glutes, core, quads, and hamstrings. For example, when the hips are stiff, the stress of movement often goes to the knees.
Testimonial from one of Palmetto Yoga’s private students:
When I began yoga several months ago, I was suffering extreme back pain and had not been able to play tennis in a few months. Within a month, I was playing tennis again, and in two months I had regained my strength. I am more flexible and moving better than ever. In addition, my breathing is improved, I am sleeping better, and I am feeling confident and serene. I have gotten so much more than I imagined. - Sarah H.
A regular yoga practice can be an important recovery or a preventive tool to stretch tight muscles, encourage tissue resiliency, and address muscle asymmetries from this one-sided sport.
Yoga For Tennis Player Series : 6 Weeks (Once a week)