Tennis is not considered a contact sport, but because of the sport’s high endurance and muscular demands, tennis injuries happen all the time and can range in severity. They can be quite serious and include sprains, muscle overuse and misuse as well as the dreaded tennis elbow which causes inflammation of the tendons in the elbow due to overuse of the forearm. Tennis players, like many other athletes, find their injuries can result in long term muscle damage and can even require surgery.
Tennis places very high demands on the body’s joints and players perform repetitive and challenging movements at very high rates of speed. In short, they place a ton of pressure on both their bodies and their minds. Tennis can cause many chronic injuries that too often end a player’s career.
There are other injuries to consider in tennis that are more surface. Blisters and cuts on and around the hands from clutching the racket are very common as well as bruising and cuts from contact with a ball that is traveling at a very high rate of speed. Between the fast movements, sweat and potential for open cuts in the skin, this makes conditions ideal conditions for contracting infectious illnesses. Even the most minuscule opening in the skin, cut, abrasion or lesion will serve as a perfect portal of entry for a hard to treat infection like MRSA or Staph.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recommends that tennis players, athletes, doctors and health care professionals take precautions in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Evidence suggests the risk of these illnesses is increased among high school and college aged athletes based on the spike in cases involving MRSA, herpes gladiatorum and impetigo within these groups.
The following are some suggestions to help stop the spread of infectious illnesses and diseases in tennis:
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