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"Topaz"
Apr 27th, 2004, 05:47 PM
Currently in WTA, tennis talents are being wasted due to injuries caused to and by the players themselves during training and competition. Shouldn't they be taught proper techniques that prevent muscle and tendon damages? It seems that some safety adjusted techniques were in place and were more or less working until the power game became dominant; the racket grip, angle and motion, together with footing, body motion and court positioning got updated to match power with almost no attention paid to the newly required safety.

Should WTA and other tennis associations launch a scientific/medical research program to study this very matter and propose recommendations to coaches, trainers and players? A Chiropractor friend of mine suggests they should.

Discuss.

GANGSTABACKHAND!
Apr 27th, 2004, 05:56 PM
Would this injury preventions methods also include "not playing tennis at at!!??" :devil:

"Topaz"
Apr 27th, 2004, 06:12 PM
Would this injury preventions methods also include "not playing tennis at at!!??" :devil:Do you think that's what it will take?! Well, you should let a research program determine that at the very least.

calabar
Apr 27th, 2004, 06:21 PM
So Injury prevention is now a science?

- L i n a -
Apr 27th, 2004, 06:23 PM
There's no such thing as teaching "injury prevention".

The only ways to somewhat prevent it is to make your body as flexible as possible, and to not play.

GANGSTABACKHAND!
Apr 27th, 2004, 06:27 PM
No! That was a joke!! I think that injury prevention techniques are already being taught. I think this is why so many players now have various types of trainers. In terms of technique, i think this would be very difficult because many players have had the same technique since they were 4 years old, and although some may not have the best technique, it is still very effective. Changing that technique late in the game could cause negative effects on that players results! And some player get more out of their game if they adopt a technique or game style that is harder on the body or certain parts of the body. Ultimately, I believe that it would be difficult to see the results of teaching injury prevention techniques, simply because a player can have sound techniques and still twist their ankle at the AO, or break a wrist trying to dive for a ball on clay, or get hit in the eyes with strawberries and cream at Wimbledon :tape: or get a broken jaw from being slapped by a New Yorker at the US Open :tape: In other words all of the preperation in the world would not lead to drastically less injuries on the tennis court, imo.

"Topaz"
Apr 27th, 2004, 10:34 PM
So Injury prevention is now a science?Look into biomechanics for a start. BTW, grow up; thousands of research programs on countless of subjects are being carried out at Universities and other centers around the globe.


There's no such thing as teaching "injury prevention".This means you are yet to find out.


...I think that injury prevention techniques are already being taught. I think this is why so many players now have various types of trainers... Ultimately, I believe that it would be difficult to see the results of teaching injury prevention techniques, simply because a player can have sound techniques and still twist their ankle at the AO, or break a wrist trying to dive for a ball on clay... Unfortunately, results show the current techniques are not effective. A trainer can only teach what he/she knows. In other fields of endeavor, such a reality would call for research to investigate the problem in depth and formulate corrections. If, a priori, you state there is no solution, that only means you should remove yourself from any potential research group in this matter and leave the task to others.

flyingmachine
Apr 27th, 2004, 11:10 PM
I think Tennis Power is a good point. I think is a bit like Alexander techniques but it's a lot more advance then that. I heard of biomechanics when I was in uni it's acturly the study of how the muscle move it's a bit like mechanics but it the mechanics of living things rather in machines.
Anyway the more we know how that works the better because in most injuries at sport is cause by moving muscles or tendon too quickly at the same time or just moving too much. As you look at the list on players who are injured or prove on injuries you have to realised that there too many players injured to make the tour healthy.
Anyway it important for the players to know that especailly when power become important factor on tennis.

TeeRexx
Apr 28th, 2004, 12:57 AM
There's no such thing as teaching "injury prevention".

The only ways to somewhat prevent it is to make your body as flexible as possible, and to not play.
You are so very wrong!

Injury prevention has been practiced for many years and it has gotten down to a science or a field of study at the very least.

Injury prevention is the second most reason for physical training behind strength enhancement and ahead of physical rehabing.

Injury prevention also includes lifestyle training as well, i.e., no skydiving, rock or mountain climbing, motorcycling, etc..

This is a fine thread topic and how surprising that so many of the board tennis "experts" :rolleyes: have no information to inject into this worthwhile topic.

Good thread, TP.

"Topaz"
Apr 28th, 2004, 01:13 AM
Thanks, Tee.

vettipooh
Apr 28th, 2004, 02:11 AM
Tennispower raises a good question.There is such a thing as teaching injury prevention,if not in a formal way,but an informal way.That's where good coaching,proper exercise,cross training,proper conditioning, warming up,strengthing the body, and the right foot wear,all come into play.Take Martina Hingis for example.She claims that the shoes she wore contributed to her ankle injuries,and cost her an early end to her career.Injury prevention????Wear the right shoes!!!!

"Topaz"
Apr 28th, 2004, 05:47 AM
...Take Martina Hingis for example. She claims that the shoes she wore contributed to her ankle injuries,and cost her an early end to her career.Injury prevention????Wear the right shoes!!!!No wonder she decided to withdraw her law suit against the shoe company after 2 years of bickering behind the scene!

salima
Apr 28th, 2004, 06:45 AM
When I saw the thread title, my first thought was that such injury prevention training must already be there. In my sport we learned injury prevention 25 years ago and took it very seriously. In tennis so much more money are involved. It is the players job and life for god sake.TeeRexx has got the point here.
If you can stay inuryfree and healthy you can develop your skills. To be an athlete is not only to work out every day and perform during competitions, it is a lifestyle and a 24/7 job. Everything you do, eat ,drink, streatch, counts when you must perform
;)

tennnisfannn
Apr 28th, 2004, 04:52 PM
If there was a pattern to the injuries then it would be easier. As it is, players of different sizes and playing styles are getting injured, actually in all sports there is so many injuries but because tennis is an indivudual sport it is alot more glaring. That is not to say to accept all injuries with a defeated attitude, but as it is, almost every player has a trainer who specialises in injuries. I am sure th wta has spent so much money on this and time will tell if a wonder pill will be created but then again that could constitute a banned substance.
At the same time we have no way of knowing how quickly players are allowed to heal. Two years ago when jen had the flu at one of the indoor tournys, she was granted a late start and i remember shriver going on and on about how hard it is to recover from a simple thing like flu coz half the medication is forbidden.