Tennis to Balance Your Life
No one needs to tell you benefits of tennis for stress management and cardiovascular gains. These two major reasons are why tennis should stay a top priority in your life. At Cresswell Physical Therapy we believe that you must try to stay on the court for your mental and physical well being. Too often players will become discouraged and disenchanted with themselves as their game doesn’t seem to progress. They push themselves too hard and don’t listen to their body’s signals of fatigue.
Tips For Staying on the Court
Don’t push yourself to chase unreachable balls without taking into account the possible reduction in your general energy level due to day-to-day life stressors. Warm up. Stay fit between tennis games. Recognize when your energy is low and bring your game in line with your stamina. Play smart, not hard.
At Cresswell Physical Therapy
We can help you recuperate from an injury and use tennis as a therapeutic medium to gain joint and muscle function. Our physical therapist will teach you to:
- Consider short court tennis for recuperating foot and ankle injuries. 20-30 minutes up to 3 times a week
- Consider half court tennis in just the singles ad court for recuperating from hip surgery.
- Realize that ground strokes are best for healing injured shoulders; forehands are usually tolerated more than backhands.
- Beware that tennis players with elbow pain may need a private tennis lesson to re-teach themselves correct timing of ball contact on ground strokes. You may need to temporarily modify your serve and forehand to not flex the wrist on the swing-through phase while you are still recuperating from elbow pain.
Tennis players with sore backs do well on volley and ground strokes; foot placement is key. While your back is covering turn at the hips and be square to the ball. Avoid overheads and serves until you can play 60 minutes pain-free. Try scoring as you would in ping-pong, starting from a dropped ball, verses an overhead serve.
Sore necks do well with a focus on watching the ball and keeping the head still even after the point of impact. Try drills on the back board to concentrate on correct head control before getting back on the court.