Tennis — a low-impact, individual sport — is a smash across all ages and abilities throughout Australia. Whether you compete at a club or join a friend for an afternoon game at your local park or sports centre, it is one of the country’s top ten activities. Plus, when a Grand Slam is broadcast on TV, Aussies love to hit the courts too.
So, if you’re inspired to play tennis this summer, here’s our advice on how to reduce your risk of injury as you play.
Whether it’s backyard cricket, horsing around in the pool with the kids, or a round of golf with mates – participating in any activity without regular ‘match fitness’ can leave you susceptible to injury. As with swimming, golf is an excellent low impact activity for everyone. It gets you out into the fresh air (which helps reduce stress and anxiety whilst boosting your mental alertness) and incorporates incidental gentle walking between greens. If you have a round of social golf coming up, check out how you can reduce your risk of tweaking a niggle and instead focus on a legendary hole in one. (We’ve no tips for the latter!)
Stretch those arms! Watch this informative video of Dr Greg Sher, our Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic Chiropractor taking you through some stretches to ease the strain of daily repetitive strain activities, helping you to relieve the pain of rotator cuff injuries, text thumb, so called “tech” neck, tennis elbow and golfers elbow.