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Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Not counting regular wear and tear injuries from tennis itself, so many have had mononucleosis (!), a variety of exotic viruses, heart conditions, pneumonias, autoimmune diseases, Serena even had pulmonary embolism They are athletic and have access to the best medicine and preventive healthcare, yet frequently get rare and extreme conditions. Is it because they travel so much and use airplanes? Maybe because human bodies cannot adjust to new conditions from week to week?
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

You mean rich tennis players?
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

I don't feel like the things you mentioned are that common at all.

Mononucleosis is quite common all over the world. I would assume that possibly the rate of detection is higher in athletes because they are more likely to investigate unexplained fatigue than an average person, but I only remember a handful of cases over the last years (Watson, Kvitova, Mchale) and I don't think this counts as common.

Venus is the only tennis player I know that has an autoimmune disease. The exotic viruses are also probably due to travelling a lot, but who exactly has had it and which virus? Can't remember any pneumonias and the only heart condition I remember is Oudin's which was not related to tennis.
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You mean rich tennis players?
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Being on a plane and breathing the same air for hours does not help.
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Lots of them cheat the system, plain and simple.
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Mono is an incredibly common illness. In terms of other viruses, , we're talking about people who constantly travel long distances, don't get normal sleep schedules, etc. That isn't good for the immune system.

As far as rare illnesses, there's nothing suggesting that tennis players get any of them with a greater frequency than the regular population. That is likely coincidence.

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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

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Not counting regular wear and tear injuries from tennis itself, so many have had mononucleosis (!), a variety of exotic viruses, heart conditions, pneumonias, autoimmune diseases, Serena even had pulmonary embolism They are athletic and have access to the best medicine and preventive healthcare, yet frequently get rare and extreme conditions. Is it because they travel so much and use airplanes? Maybe because human bodies cannot adjust to new conditions from week to week?
They might get sicker than tennis players 2decades ago, but they are faster and stronger (even when sick thanks to TUEs), you can't have it all
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Bump. Now we have Wozniacki and Collins with chronic autoimmune diseases. I'm still puzzled by all of this
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Yes - Present me some evidence or stats which shows the average of warnings Masha has has received per match during her 10 year career - Then you can write something about it - Right now you're only writing bullshit with no facts
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I do wonder about the mono piece. I don't feel like it's a thing for a top NBA player or premier league footballer for example, to miss games due to mono the way that tennis players miss entire seasons due to mono. Mono pretty much ended Robin Soderling's career and severely hampered Mario Ancic.
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Because they need Therapeutic Use Exemptions.
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

This is more pronounced in other sports than in tennis. Norway has an absurdly high percentage of skiers, skaters and various other athletes who are all officially diagnosed with asthma. Their proportion is ridiculously larger than the ratio of asthmatics among the overall Norwegian population. And this ridiculous gap cannot be explained away by a simple "athletes get more check-ups" excuse as the country has a fantastic Healthcare system that takes care of the peeps.
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This is more pronounced in other sports than in tennis. Norway has an absurdly high percentage of skiers, skaters and various other athletes who are all officially diagnosed with asthma. Their proportion is ridiculously larger than the ratio of asthmatics among the overall Norwegian population. And this ridiculous gap cannot be explained away by a simple "athletes get more check-ups" excuse as the country has a fantastic Healthcare system that takes care of the peeps.

Mmmm, worth checking the wonderful side effects of asthma drugs on athletic performance.

As for the other diseases, prolonged physical training causes a lot of inflammation in the body and makes it susceptible to all sorts of ailment s that evade people that sit in an office all day.
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Re: Why do tennis players get sick so much?

Just to clarify I don't consider sick and injury to be same thing. Sick is getting the flu or cold or some sort of bacterial/viral infection. You don't have to be an athlete to get sick. An injury is where you cause something to go wrong in your body due to training. I know non-athletes can also get injured but we're talking about athlete specific injuries here.

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