Because of the rigors
of their sport, tennis players often experience arthritis-related
back pain which causes joint degeneration and limited flexibility.
By undertaking conditioning exercises aimed at strength and
flexibility, particularly of the back and the abdominal muscles,
tennis players may have a greater chance of avoiding incidences
of back pain that comes with playing tennis.
Tennis moves that
cause back pain
1.) Countless trunk rotations
and twisting in performing front and back-hand shots.
2.) Compression of the lumbar disks from an
over-extended lower back during serves.
3.) Abrupt forward and lateral motions and
start-and-stop movements that are absorbed by the back muscles.
Tips on preventing sports injuries and back
pain in tennis
1.) A good working knowledge of different
racket tensions will make it easier to choose the appropriate
tennis equipment. A flexible racket fitted by a professional
will allow for adequate trunk rotation compared to a stiff
racket with slack strings.
2.) It is advisable to adopt a slice serve
rather than a kick serve to minimize excessive arching of
3.) Proper form is important: knees bent and
abdominal muscles taut.
4.) It will be advantageous to one’s
health and one’s game to have a tennis professional
check for proper form on a regular basis.
5.) Novice players should hire the services
of a professional instructor for guidelines on the proper
form, and advice on technique to avoid any incidences of back
injuries, and spinal stress and pain.