Saturday, May 28, 2016

Getting a Suitable Tennis Racquets

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Wrist pain and elbow pain or injuries are widespread in tennis players. One of the leading causes for tennis-related elbow pain is incorrect stroking technique, especially the backhand swing. Different type of tennis racquet may increase the risk of injury in the wrist and elbow. The velocity of the swings, the speed of the incoming ball, the qualities of the racquet, the spot where the ball struck the racquet, the string tension and the stroke mechanic affect the force that reaches the player’s arm.

Older style wooden racquets are useful in absorbing shock on impact as they were heavy and flexible. Modern wide-body racquets are designed to generate more power as they are lighter and stiffer, but they are poor in reducing the shock on impact.

If the ball is stuck at the center of percussion or the ‘sweet spot’ of the racquet, the initial shock produced will be minimal. If the ball is hit outside of the sweet spot, the force transmitted to the hand wrist and elbow will be far greater and can cause more damage to the structures.

There are a few modifications that can be done to reduce the shock at impact and minimize the force transmitted to the player’s arm. For example, lower the string tension, increase the flexibility of the racquet, increase the size of the racquet head, increase the weight of the racquet by adding lead tape, increase the grip size and grip on the higher side of the handle.

The largest comfortable grip size prevents the player from gripping too tightly on the racquet. Optimal grip size should be equal to the distance from the proximal palmar crease to the tip of the ring finger. The grip should only be squeeze firmly during the acceleration phase of the stroke. If not, the players should loosen their grip whenever it is possible.

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