Tennis elbow is inflammation, soreness, or pain on the outside (lateral) side of the upper arm near the elbow. With tennis elbow, there may be a partial tear of the tendon fibers, which connect muscle to bone, or the tear may be at or near where these fibers begin, on the outside of the elbow. According to our tennis elbow research, an estimated 70% of kids in tennis training programs suffer serious injury and surgery before the age of 13. Now, that’s a pretty steep number! So we suggest putting your tennis racquet aside for just a moment so we can discuss the tennis elbow epidemic, by the numbers:
4 – Most commonly believed causes of tennis elbow: (1) overuse, (2) technique, (3) racquet, (4) direct hit to the side of the elbow or falling on an outstretched arm.
0 – Number of conclusive studies on the cause of tennis elbow.
1 – Reason there are no tennis elbow studies: no medical or tennis organization has been willing or able to provide necessary funding.
3 – Symptoms that signal that you have tennis elbow: When pain (1) slowly increases around the outside of the elbow, (2) is worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects, (3) is made worse when moving the wrist (e.g. using tools, opening jars, or even using a knife and fork).
50 – Percent of the tennis-playing public will get tennis elbow at some time in their playing lifetimes.
30-50 – Age range you’re most likely to get tennis elbow.
3 – Do-it-yourself tennis elbow treatments to try: (1) Rest and avoid tennis, (2) apply ice, (3) take ibuprofen. See a doctor if these self-care steps don’t ease the pain and tenderness.
5 – Medical treatments for tennis elbow: (1) physical therapy, (2) forearm bracing, (3) topical anti-inflammatory and cortisone gels, (4) cortisone injections, (5) surgery.
5 – Percentage of tennis elbow sufferers who will need surgery.
85-90 – Percent of those who undergo surgery actually return to the court at full strength.
1 – Stroke that causes symptoms: the backhand.
4 – Things you should do when you return to the court: (1) Use the proper tennis racquet, (2) Wear a counter-force brace around the forearm just below the elbow, (3) relax your grip on the handle, (4) pay attention to movements that can cause pain.
Were you able to keep count? Tennis safety is a top priority for Donnay and the focus of our Safety Blog, so be sure to lean on us for tennis health information anytime at http://blog.donnayusa.com/!
(Sources: 1. International Tennis Federation, 2. MayoClinic.com,
3. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4. EmedicineHealth.com)
There is one common goal all athletes share and that’s to win. Regardless of what sport an athlete is passionate about, the long hours of practice, the blood, the sweat, and the tears, are all worth the glory that comes from a buzzer ending victory! Every tennis pro knows that feeling all too well – having one of your best sets and finishing out a match as victorious. It is a feeling that sometimes cannot be put into words…
However, there comes a point when victory and pain do not match up. The type of pain athletes ignore until it is too late; when injury rears its ugly head, even the most competitive athletes cringe at the thought of a doctor’s visit. Especially a visit that leads to sitting on the sidelines, watching coaches and teammates go about their daily routine.
Health and safety in tennis is just as important as winning and keeping your competitive edge alive! To stay on the court, a tennis player needs to remain in tip-top shape and stay as healthy as possible!
We, here at Donnay, are not the only ones that believe in putting tennis safety and health in front of all else. Tune in as Johan Kreik expresses the message, ‘Health Comes First,’:
When you’re the mother of a blooming tennis pro, you know the importance of arm safe performance and instill this in your growing athlete. Yet, Johan Kreik isn’t the only tennis pro that learned the message of ‘Health Comes First,’ during his career. Check out the below video as Vince Spadea explains where he learned the importance of arm safety and tennis health:
How do you stay healthy through your grueling practices and matches? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your methods of staying in-shape all season long. Don’t forget, you can also drop us a line right here on our Safety Blog! We look forward to hearing from you.
Many athletes face pain and injury from time-to-time. Sadly, it happens. However, Donnay has found the answer to tennis elbow, tennis shoulder, and other tennis related injuries.
Take Ryan Young, from Charleston, as the perfect example. Ryan has been playing tennis since the age of four. By the time he reached the junior level of competition, he was breaking and setting records that seemed nearly unbreakable. Ryan was soon ready for college and took on a Division I challenge at Clemson University. While at Clemson, Ryan was encouraged, by his coach to go pro. Everything seemed to be falling into place.
Ryan Young was a professional tennis player for three years. He was just getting into a comfortable routine as a professional athlete, when he was sidelined due to tennis related injuries. Over the past year he has gone through two surgeries to repair his torn shoulder. Ryan’s statistics drastically decreased and the matches that were supposed to be easy wins, turned into challenging losses. Ryan needed a resolution for his tennis injury pain .
When Ryan started using his Donnay racquet he instantly felt a difference in his performance and his tennis elbow. He was back and ready to get play to his highest level of performance!
Tune in as he shares his Donnay tennis racquet story, below:
Tell Us Your Donnay Tennis Racket Story
“Right away I really liked it! I never felt any vibration in the Donnay racket.” – Ryan Young
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We’re serious about keeping players informed! Don’t forget to check out our new Medical View column. Our recent article by Dr. Dines provided excellent insight on forearm pain and ‘golfer’s elbow. Check it out, here: http://www.donnayusa.com/fore-on-your-forehand.php.