Tennis a Great Total Body Activity
Players Encouraged to Take Breaks to Minimize Risks
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Go by any tennis court in the summer and chances are you’ll find someone playing.
“People of all ages that come and play, all different skill types,” said Joey Kronzer.
Tennis is a great way to stay in shape, because on the court players are constantly moving.
“Obviously a lot of running, lots of jumping,” said Kronzer.
“Tennis players are definitely putting their bodies in lots of different positions,” said Dr. David Rust of St. Luke’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “I’ve seen all sorts of injuries.”
According to Dr. Rust, the most common injury in tennis is appropriately called ‘tennis elbow’.
“(It’s) a tendon injury, on the outside part of the elbow,” said Dr. Rust. “That’s an overuse injury, something that’s treated with rehabilitation.”
Doctor rust also says the constant movement, puts players at risk for leg injuries.
“Running, cutting, pivoting, very quick repetitive motions,” said Dr. Rust. “We see things like ankle sprains, injuries to the knee, even to the hips.”
“Something as common as tennis elbow and lots of knee injuries from simply overuse, can be prevented from doing other activities,” said Kronzer, the Head Junior Coach at Longview Tennis Center in Duluth. That’s why he encourages kids to play other sports as well.
“I want to play all the time,” he said. “I love tennis, I’d love to play all year round, but I understand the limits of my body.”
Kronzer, who also plays collegiately at St. Olaf, believes taking breaks helps his passion for the game.
‘It’s nice to be able to take time off,” he said. “When you take that time off, you come back to the game wanting to play really badly with kind of a new refreshed drive.”
Like with any sport, Dr. Rust says injury prevention is key.
“Pay attention to your body, a lot of these injuries come from hours and hours of play,” said Dr. Rust. “If you start to notice pain, you want to address that earlier.
Great advice for staying active, no matter the game.