The twist in the wrist that can ruin tennis careers

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 | 0

Wrist injuries have forced many high-performance tennis players to miss recent major tournaments. Both the Rio Olympic medalist kei Nishikori and two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetova are missing the 2018 Australian Open while recovering from wrist surgery.

It was a persistent wrist injury that famously forced Rafael off the court a year ago. Injuries to the wrist have also resulted in countless other players having their careers compromised or ended. It appears that the problem is increasing as a result of the particular demands of the modern game.

The reality is that players may not realize the degree to which they supinate their top hand during their double-handed backhand, so simply asking them about their grip style is an unrealistic screening tool.

Fortunately, the cameras in modern smart phones enable wrist position to be monitored to detect whether players alter their grip during the swing.

We encourage coaches, sports science and sports medicine staff to monitor player’s wrist symptoms (such as pain) and practice with swing tennis ball machine mechanics regularly.

Sites like TennisGuide compare and review tennis equipment. So it’s easier for the modern coach like you to choose a suitable tennis ball machine for player needs or the number of players missing from major tournaments is likely to increase.

Wrist injuries in tennis and represented the first formal review of the evidence in more than two decades. We found that wrist injuries not only account for a greater proportion of 21st-century tennis injuries (up to about 14% in females), they often outstrip more traditionally injured areas such as the lower back and shoulder.

Despite there being numerous risk factors for wrist injury in tennis, the main factors seem to be related to overuse and how players grip the racquet.

It should be ok if changes in racquet size, more practice with best tennis ball machine and use frame technology have resulted in players adjusting their grip(s) to capitalize on the larger sweet sports and increased power available.

In turn, this has allowed players to play more front-on and make full use of the power they generate through their leg drive and trunk rotation. This of course results in greater racquet head speed and ground-strokes that travel faster and bounce higher.

 

 

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