Tennis Injuries Affect Adult Pro Players, Too!

It seems every time we click on the television to watch our favorite tennis matches, there is another taped shoulder greeting our eyes…

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Last week we spoke to the common story of tennis injuries among juniors. Yet, injuries in the sport of tennis are not exclusive to juniors alone. Many adult pros suffer from the same arm pains that plague tennis players more often than not. Whether it’s shoulder pain, tennis elbow pain, or wrist pain – it’s still pain.

Tennis Racquets Down: Roddick and Clijsters Retire

Mere weeks ago, at the 2012 U.S. Open, both Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick announced their retirement, willingly storing their tennis racquets on the shelf (so to speak). Injuries were not cited as a reason, but it’s understood that both of these top players had been down the injury road not too long ago.

Kim Clijsters Tennis ProIn April of 2011, Kim Clijsters’ experienced both shoulder and ankle injuries. Having taken time off to heal her shoulder, she also endured a bad ankle sprain. This kept her off the court for quite a few weeks and put the French Open and Wimbledon matches in front of her at significant risk.

Only one month later, in May of 2011, Andy Roddick, who had previously complained of shoulder pain as early as the 2010 Australian Open, withdrew from the 2011 French Open with a shoulder injury. His absence at this tournament came as a huge disappointment for American tennis fans. The pro player, who won a slam Andy Roddick Tennis Proback in the 2003 U.S. Open, was forced to pull out of his doubles event and his singles match.

In the public eye, the Clijsters and Roddick retirements were not pinned on tennis injuries. It’s poignant, however, that both of these spirited players had to endure such weakening injuries only a year before they chose to leave the game. We know the media paints a pretty picture when our favorite pros decide to step out of the limelight, but we also know that tennis arm injuries can be devastating to the body (and a pro career).

Concerned that you’re playing with the wrong tennis racquet? Don’t be afraid to share your concern. Join the movement for raising awareness of injuries present in the tennis industry by filling out the ITF Injury Awareness Petition.

Has your tennis racquet caused injury to your arm? Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website to Report Your Injury. We encourage any of our readers who’ve found that a particular racquet has caused damage to their arm to report their findings to organizations that will listen.

Turns out, we’re listening too! So, don’t forget to drop us a line here on our Arm Safe Performance blog.

Tennis Injuries Among the Young Becoming a Common Story

Tennis Injuries, Common Among KidsWhen Scott Elsass was 16 years old, he found himself a sufferer of intense shoulder pain as a direct result of his years spent playing tennis. “The summer I injured my shoulder, I had played 41 out of 42 days in a row. I had five tournaments in that stretch,” states Elsass, to the Star Tribune.

Tennis is taking a grueling physical toll on young competitors through dangerous arm injuries, like tennis elbow, affecting young players well into their high school years. Elsass was burnt out by the time he was a sophomore in high school and his doctor, Daniel D. Buss, had to coach him through an intense year-long recovery.

Sadly, tennis injuries are becoming a common story among younger tennis players. “Ninth grade is about when you start to see kids experience some soreness in elbows,” Erik Telleen, Minneapolis Washburn tennis coach said. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center athletic trainer, Dan Christoffer, backs this up, “It’s becoming a lot more of an issue.”

Kid’s Tennis Safety: Donnay’s Focus

If Elsass’s story is a common one, why haven’t we heard more? It’s simple! The tennis industry doesn’t want players aware of the possibilities and frequency of devastating arm injuries running rampant among young players.

Why do we care? Education is the key to prevention. If you know what you’re up against, you have a fighting chance. Avoid overuse, and play with the right equipment.

At Donnay, we leverage our patented technology to manufacture tennis racquets engineered for arm safe performance. Donnay tennis racquets are designed to protect the arms of tennis players of all ages by absorbing the shock vibrations that lead to tennis injuries of the wrist, shoulder, and elbow. Through our integration of XēneCore technology, we’re able to offer players ‘arm safe performance’ via longevity, comfort, and protection.

If you feel as passionate as we do about tennis safety among kids and want the industry to be more up front with players about the potential of painful arm injuries, sign the ITF Injury Awareness petition to become part of the large cyber movement. Together, our goal is to compel the ITF to raise awareness of injuries present in the tennis industry.

Have something to say about kid’s tennis safety in tennis, or a question about Donnay’s tennis racquet technology? Let us know by leaving your comment here on our blog. We’re all ears!

Let’s Talk Donnay Tennis Racquets

Tennis Racquets by DonnayWe all have names for sentimental items in our lives. Whether you have a name for your car, your phone, or your favorite hat – it’s there because it’s something you value.

Tell us, does this sound valuable? Donnay’s line of solid-core tennis racquets return more energy to the ball and better absorb shock in the hoop for a rare combination of power, control and arm safe comfort. The result is more winners and fewer arm injuries. We bet your arm is smiling at the thought…

Let’s bring it back to sentimental items. One Donnay enthusiast refers to his racquet as “The Velvet Hammer!” What have you named your Donnay tennis racquet?

‘Engineered for Arm Safe Performance’ Defined

Tennis Arm Injuries is Top Focus of DonnayChief Designer Jerry Choe was inspired to develop an arm safe racquet because of his own battle with tennis elbow. Choe was inclined to come up with a solution to what was afflicting millions of tennis players each year, and in some cases, forcing them to retire from the game thy love.

“It is well known in medical circles that the shock and vibration generated by repeatedly striking tennis balls with conventional racquets adversely affects muscle tissue and arm joints in the wrists, forearms, elbows and shoulders,” says Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and sports-medicine expert. “Most medical theories attribute tennis elbow, which will afflict every other tennis player at some point in his/her playing lifetime, to continuous exposure of the playing arm to this ‘impact shock.’”

According to the ITF, 70% of kids in tennis training programs suffer through serious injury and surgery before the age of 13. Over the past 10 years there’s been a dramatic increase of tennis arm injuries due to the evolution of the game.

But as the game evolves, so does Donnay.

Experience the Donnay Difference

Most conventional modern racquets are designed with hollow frames to reduce weight and are made stiff in an effort to maximize the energy returned to the ball. This creates more power, which in turn, results in the racquet transmitting even larger amounts of shock and vibration to the players’ arm.

Donnay’s engineering solution is to fill its frames with a patent-pending solid-core inner tubing called XēneCore™ that acts as a super dampening agent and shock absorber. XēneCore™ begins as a light power in its natural state and is then baked into the racquet mold and rises like cookie dough. This not only keeps the racquet weights light and maneuverable, but it also has an extremely high-tensile strength that makes the frame highly stable and durable and, in fact, allows Donnay tennis racquet beams to be as thin as an incredible 15 millimeters in the X-P Dual line, making them the most aerodynamic and maneuverable tennis racquets in the game.

These solid-core frames also minimize energy loss on ball contact, providing the user with an extra boost of power, along with pinpoint control and rock-like stability against the forces of twisting and torque.

Tennis Racquet Demo Program by DonnayOf course, the real test – and the only one that counts – is picking up a Donnay and playing with it. You’ll immediately notice an audible difference in the first swing as the ball comes off the lively racquet face with a reassuring and resonant solid-to-the-core “thunk!” instead the annoying ping of hollow racquets. You’ll also notice the plush luxury-car-like comfort and the total lack of impact shock as you’re able to direct your shot with ease to its intended target on your opponent’s court.

We’re so confident that you’ll appreciate the Donnay difference that we’re offering a three-week tennis racquet demo period – the longest in the industry – and a 30-day no-questions-asked guarantee on our shop at: www.donnayusa.com/shop.

Do you think Donnay is the racquet for you? Let us hear your thoughts by dropping us a line in a comment on our blog. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll ‘take a swing’ at whatever you throw our way!

 

Donnay Tennis Racquets ‘Take a Swing’ at Blogging with New ‘Arm Safe Performance’ Blog

Whether you already know and love Donnay, or you’re just getting to know Donnay – our ‘Arm Safe Performance’ blog is going to be your one stop shop for Donnay tennis racquet news and tennis safety information.

What Do We Know About Tennis Racquets?

The Donnay wheels started spinning in 1910 when Emile Donnay founded the company. “In 1934, the Donnay company built its first wooden tennis racket.” By 1969, Donnay brand tennis racquets were the choice of the world’s top players including Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Cliff Dysdale, Bjorn Borg and Andre Agassi. Want to know who’s playing with us now? Check out our current list of Donnay tennis pros at: http://www.donnayusa.com/pros.php.

Donnay Tennis Racquets Launches Arm Safety Performance Blog“Donnay is a heritage tennis brand for the ages. Donnay racquets have been used to win every major tennis tournament in the world and continues its heritage today” with the Donnay X-Series™ racquets which use XēneCore™ technology. “XēneCore’s multiple core and versatility enabled Donnay to create “Shock Armour,” where cavities are closed and open to prevent the dissemination of shock to the arm. As a result, the game of tennis is able to advance to the next level of performance while gaining control, stability and safety.”

For the first time in tennis, racquets can provide safety without limiting performance.

Arm Safe Performance: Hit the Court with Donnay

We’re not the type to just sit in the stands acting as spectators. We like to be on the court, in the middle of all the action. We know tennis, and we know tennis racquets. Now, we want you to get to know us.  Visit us often on our Donnay blog to stay updated on the latest tennis ‘racket.’

Have questions or comments? Drop us a line on any post that raises an eyebrow.

Feeling more social? Connect with us on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/Donnay, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/DonnayUSA.

We look forward to hearing from you, and meeting your tennis racquet and safety needs.