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Tennis Tips
Tips for a Healthy Tennis Player

You've probably heard the expression that "tennis is a sport for a lifetime". It is so True! People of all ages play tennis for the competition, fun and to stay in shape. Here are a few tips so that maybe you can enjoy playing tennis your whole lifetime.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids when playing. Water, Gatorade or energy drinks are the best.
  2. Apply sunscreen. Use at least a 30 SPF.
  3. Wear a hat or visor.
  4. Before and after playing make sure that you stretch
  5. After playing take a shower as soon as possible. This will help to prevent acne.
  6. When playing, take your full allotted time during changeovers to refresh yourself. Sitting down, drinking fluids, toweling off and applying a cold towel to the back of your neck are a few suggestions.
  7. Before your match, take a proper warm up. Make sure you take plenty of serves and overheads to loosen up your shoulder and arm.
  8. Wear the correct type of footwear. Cross training shoes and running shoes do not offer the same support that a tennis shoe offers.
  9. Use a current racquet with the latest technology. A cheap racquet isn't always the best and could lead to arm and shoulder problems. Today's racquets are designed to avoid these problems by absorbing the vibration of a miss hit ball.
  10. Relax! If you play tight your muscles will be tight which will lead to muscle pulls and tears.

Remember Have Fun!

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Tennis Player

Craig Wittus USPTA

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Warm Up Tips

Let's start right from the beginning, the warm-up. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a player get to the court, take their racquet out of the case, hit a few balls and immediately begin playing. Many of today's injuries occur because of improper warm-up. A match of tennis consists of routines and rituals, from the warm-up to the changeover.

Before beginning play:

  1. Take a lap around the court.
  2. Stretch for at least 3 minutes.
  3. Hit balls from the service line with shortened strokes (mini tennis) and gradually move back to the baseline with longer strokes.
  4. Make sure to take some overheads.
  5. Everyone should take their practice serves before you start the match.
warming up

I've seen warm-ups where the player did not stretch, did not take any overheads and waited to take their practice serves right before it was their turn to serve. When the match began the player had not warmed up their shoulder and was not prepared to hit a ball that was above their head like a serve or an overhead. This is how injuries occur!

If you're worried about taking too much of your court time up by stretching, get to the court 5 minutes early to start your routine.

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