The most commonly occurring injury in tennis is a sprained or twisted ankle. In most cases, the injury occurs following a landing on the outside of the foot, whereby the sole of the foot twists too far inwards. On the outside of the foot, capsula, ligaments and nerve fibre can be damaged due to overstretching. On the inside, cartilage can be damaged by excessive compression. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, the tissue on the outside is either stretched or torn. This damage causes bleeding in the ankle. As a result, the ankle swells, (after a short time) bruises and becomes painful.
The damaged tissue heals naturally just like a wound on the skin. However, muscle and nerve fibre does not automatically regain its original function. Muscle and nerve fibre must be trained. This is possible with simple balance exercises. In addition, the ankle must be protected to prevent the risk of recurrence. A Push Sports Ankle Brace is an excellent solution.
One important and simple measure for reducing the risk of ankle injury is to ensure that all loose balls are removed from the court. In this way, at least stepping on a ball will never be the cause of an ankle injury.
A common injury in tennis is what is known as “lawn tennis leg”. Lawn tennis leg is a (minor) tear in the calf muscle or calf strain. The sensation is similar to that of a whip crack at the moment the muscle tears. As well as considerable pain, it is no longer possible to complete the normal placement of the foot. It takes six weeks before the tear is fully healed. A possible cause is insufficient or no warming up.
The knee is a joint susceptible to injury. The knee joint can be damaged by twisting. In such a twisting incident (cruciate) ligaments and meniscus tissue can be damaged. Injury to the meniscus can cause swelling and it may no longer be possible to correctly bend and extend the knee. Serious injury to the cruciate ligaments often causes internal bleeding or accumulation of fluid. The knee then feels swollen and warm, is painful and no longer moves well. In the event of a serious twisted knee, knee cruciate ligaments and the inner meniscus are often both damaged. If injury to the cruciate ligaments is suspected, it is important that the correct diagnosis be made by a sport physician and/or sport physiotherapist. During and following recovery from a knee injury, it may be worthwhile to protect the knee (during sport) with a Push Sports Knee Brace.