Men’s Journal writes, “Most racquets are hollow but this 9.9-ounce model is injected with tubing to product a light, shock-absorbing, solid-core frame.” Leach states, “I felt like I was driving a Cadillac. It’s smooth, easy, and perfect for anyone with shoulder or elbow pain,”
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.
(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,’:
It seems every time we click on the television to watch our favorite tennis matches, there is another taped shoulder greeting our eyes…
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.
In 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 back 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.
When 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!
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
Chief 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.
Of 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.
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