What is the cause of increased professional tennis injuries?

It’s obvious we have a problem in the world of professional tennis.  Imagine if 15% of the star players in soccer, basketball, baseball or football were all injured in one season?  The sponsors of the game would investigate safety issues and see if the season was to demanding.  Even Nadal complained in a recent interview about the ATP schedule citing the toll it has taken on his body. “It’s impossible to play first of January to finish fifth of December,” he said. “It’s impossible to be here playing like what I did the last five years, playing a lot of matches and being all the time 100 percent without problems.” 

Here is the quick list of tennis injuries that have happened in 2009 and what tournament it occured at:

Tennis Injuries - is the season to long?

Tennis injuries - is the season to long?

  • Roger Federer (fatigue) – after US Open taking a break
  • Rafael Nadal (knee, stomach) – US Open
  • Andy Roddick (knee injury) – Shanghai Masters – “I think it’s ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn’t have a legitimate offseason to rest, get healthy, and then train,”
  • Andy Murray (wrist injury) – Japan Open
  • Venus Williams (knee injury) – US Open
  • Serena Williams (thigh injury) – Miami Masters Final – recent quote “It’s just really hard to see how my body is going to be after Doha, (Qatar) — if I am going to be walking or if I am going to be in a wheelchair.”)
  • Gael Monfils (back injury) – Shanghai Masters
  • Stanislas Wawrinka (abdominal pains) – Shanghai Masters
  • Juan Martin del Potro (wrist problem) – Shanghai Masters
  • Tommy Haas (injured right shoulder) – Shanghai Masters
  • Jose Acasuso (knee) – “”
  • Mischa Zverev (wrist)

Notice how their are few women on the list.  They play the best of 3, not 5 sets like men, thus they do nothave the high injury rate.

Even Novak Djokovic has a last word on the tennis injury subject.  `”We will work on doing something that is comfortable to both the players and the tournaments,” Djokovic said. `”The tournaments still understand their job and their obligations better than we understand their job — and vice versa. But the players now are more united than ever. We have to make a compromise. The bottom line is that you don’t want to have injured players. The schedule, in my opinion, is too long, but we have to go step by step and try to solve it.”

Nadal had a beautiful quote about how tennis injuries are so common lately – “When you put the body all the time at the limit, it is difficult. It’s the same as Formula 1. They have the the best cars in the world, but at the same time these cars are broken more than your car. That’s the reason, because the car is always at the limit. So we are the same.”

What do you think the solution is? Is this just a bad stroke of luck?

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3 responses to “What is the cause of increased professional tennis injuries?

  1. Is it because of the increase in the number of matches a player is playing in a calendar year? Being fit is a big advantage in tennis.

  2. Tennis has a “Blind Spot”. A major problem is that the game is “lop-sided”. Whether you are totally a one-hander or a “one and two” hander, the player is driving the racquet with the same arm on both sides and ( less recognised ) the same leg on both sides. This unbalanced muscular development creates all kinds of problems. Sam Etcheberry said it all “Whenever you have unbalanced muscular development you’re asking for trouble”. The future of tennis will include players who wisely choose at a young age to play a forehand off BOTH sides; Left and Right!’. The ability to do that is not as uncommon as one might think. Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova started out using their other hands and were switched to their less favored sides. This is not as far-fetched as one might think.

    If anyone wants more info on it please let me know.

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    Posted on October 16, 2009 | 1 Comment
    It’s obvious we have a problem in the world of professional tennis. Imagine if 15% of the star players in soccer, basketball, baseball or football were all injured in one season? The sponsors of the game would investigate safety issues and see if the season was to demanding. Even Nadal complained in a recent interview about the ATP schedule citing the toll it has taken on his body. “It’s impossible to play first of January to finish fifth of December,” he said. “It’s impossible to be here playing like what I did the last five years, playing a lot of matches and being all the time 100 percent without problems.”
    Here is the quick list of tennis injuries that have happened in 2009 and what tournament it occured at:

    Tennis injuries – is the season to long?
    ■Roger Federer (fatigue) – after US Open taking a break
    ■Rafael Nadal (knee, stomach) – US Open
    ■Andy Roddick (knee injury) – Shanghai Masters – “I think it’s ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn’t have a legitimate offseason to rest, get healthy, and then train,”
    ■Andy Murray (wrist injury) – Japan Open
    ■Venus Williams (knee injury) – US Open
    ■Serena Williams (thigh injury) – Miami Masters Final – recent quote “It’s just really hard to see how my body is going to be after Doha, (Qatar) — if I am going to be walking or if I am going to be in a wheelchair.”)
    ■Gael Monfils (back injury) – Shanghai Masters
    ■Stanislas Wawrinka (abdominal pains) – Shanghai Masters
    ■Juan Martin del Potro (wrist problem) – Shanghai Masters
    ■Tommy Haas (injured right shoulder) – Shanghai Masters
    ■Jose Acasuso (knee) – “”
    ■Mischa Zverev (wrist)
    Notice how their are few women on the list. They play the best of 3, not 5 sets like men, thus they do nothave the high injury rate.

    Even Novak Djokovic has a last word on the tennis injury subject. `”We will work on doing something that is comfortable to both the players and the tournaments,” Djokovic said. `”The tournaments still understand their job and their obligations better than we understand their job — and vice versa. But the players now are more united than ever. We have to make a compromise. The bottom line is that you don’t want to have injured players. The schedule, in my opinion, is too long, but we have to go step by step and try to solve it.”

    Nadal had a beautiful quote about how tennis injuries are so common lately – “When you put the body all the time at the limit, it is difficult. It’s the same as Formula 1. They have the the best cars in the world, but at the same time these cars are broken more than your car. That’s the reason, because the car is always at the limit. So we are the same.”

    What do you think the solution is? Is this just a bad stroke of luck?

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    One Response to What is the cause of increased professional tennis injuries?
    Tennis Betting | October 27, 2009 at 9:51 am | Reply Is it because of the increase in the number of matches a player is playing in a calendar year? Being fit is a big advantage in tennis.

    lionel burt | February 16, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Tennis has a “Blind Spot”. A major problem is that the game is “lop-sided”. Whether you are totally a one-hander or a “one and two” hander, the player is driving the racquet with the same arm on both sides and ( less recognised ) the same leg on both sides. This unbalanced muscular development creates all kinds of problems. Sam Etcheberry said it all “Whenever you have unbalanced muscular development you’re asking for trouble”. The future of tennis will include players who wisely choose at a young age to play a forehand off BOTH sides; Left and Right!’. The ability to do that is not as uncommon as one might think. Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova started out using their other hands and were switched to their less favored sides. This is not as far-fetched as one might think.

    If anyone wants more info on it please let me know.

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