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!