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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)
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 .
Ryan found the solution in the solid core Donnay tennis racquet.
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
Do you have a story to share about relieving tennis injury pain by simply switching out your tennis racket? Let it be heard by visiting http://mydonnaystory.com/ to submit your testimonial. Simply click on ‘Share Your Story’ to provide your contact information and video story URL.
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.
The Donnay brand has aligned it’s racquet design with the engineering mantra, “Arm Safe Performance.” Why? Because Donnay tennis racquets are backed with the groundbreaking XēneCore Technology, which helps protect your arm from serious ailments such as tennis elbow and frozen shoulder, all while increasing performance and ensuring your longevity in the sport!
So, what is XēneCore exactly? XēneCore is a leading carbon composite manufacturer that develops lightweight, high strength, and shock absorbent composites that we, at Donnay, use within our revolutionary arm safe racquets.
XēneCore provides an increased tensile strength for a harder hit on the court, while the composition allows any object to have thinner outer layers. This technology is what makes a Donnay tennis racquet less taxing on the arm.
With the racquet’s solid inner core, vibration and shock are almost entirely eliminated, greatly decreasing the impact the ball has on your playing arm! Yes, you’re reading this right… XēneCore provides more caution where you need it the most – on the court!
Already thrilled over the tennis safety features offered by the pioneering XēneCore technology? Then don’t wait another minute! Lean on the industry’s longest tennis racquet demo program to test your very own Donnay tennis racquet today. We promise, you’ll learn ‘first-swing’ what all the fuss is about! That being said, the ball is in your court.
Share your thoughts on XēneCore and Donnay’s arm safe racquets by leaving a comment below! We look forward to answering your questions.
We’d like to introduce our newest campaign – the Donnay Tell-A-Friend Referral Program! Here’s the scoop: If you refer a friend to purchase a Donnay tennis racquet, you can receive a cash rebate of up to 10% on your referral’s total purchase!
The exciting part is that not only do you receive the 10% discount, but so does your friend! There is no minimum or maximum amount you have to spend in order to be awarded the discount, all you need is a Donnay account. Register for your account now, at: http://www.donnayusa.com/shop/register.php.
To ‘tell-a-friend,’ create your referral link using the Tell-A-Friend Referral Program guidelines, and share it with fellow tennis fans! If this doesn’t inspire your volley partners to shop with Donnay, we don’t know what will!
Care to play before you pay? Don’t forget that Donnay has a great tennis racquet demo program, offering one of the longest trial periods in the industry. You can test drive up to 3 of our tennis racquets for up to 3 weeks because we’re confident that you’ll love them!
Think this is a Referral Program worth chatting about? Be sure to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below. Don’t keep this awesome cash rebate perk to yourself, either – let your Facebook and Twitter buddies in on the secret! Go on, ‘tell-a-friend’!
What’s your Donnay story? Everybody has one.
Once a top ranked player in the Mid-Atlantic 50’s, he quickly found himself losing to competitors at the basic 50 level and even those at the 45 (which he’d never done before). It was impossible for him to keep up because of the painful feeling penetrating his shoulder as he swung his conventional hollow-bodied racket.
Ready to give up on his passion, he made the switch to solid core Donnay tennis racquets, some of the best in the industry for players suffering from tennis elbow. He bought three of them and has found that he is once again winning, beating players at the 45 and 50 level! Frohman has even rediscovered his love for tennis!
Tune in as he shares his Donnay story, below:
Tell Us Your Donnay Tennis Racket Story
“My arm is back at full strength and so is my game with my new Donnay tennis racket!” –Bradley Frohman
Do you have a story to share about relieving tennis elbow pain by simply switching out your tennis racquet? Let it be heard by visiting http://mydonnaystory.com/ to submit your testimonial. Simply click on ‘Share Your Story’ to provide your contact information and video story URL.
We’re serious about keeping players informed! Don’t forget to check out our new Medical View column. Our first Q & A session with Doc Donnay provided excellent string advice. Check it out, here: http://www.donnayusa.com/medical.php
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!
We’ve been peppered with calls and e-mails here at Donnay after a story ran last week in the tennis trade bible, RSI Magazine, reporting that Andre Agassi recently bought 46 Donnay‘s X-P Dual tennis racquets from us. The question most asked in disbelief is, “Are you really NOT paying him to play?”
To set the record straight, the RSI article is absolutely true. Andre did a blind play test of 25 tennis racquet frames from four different manufacturers and chose the Donnay X-P on its performance merits, with no (purse) strings attached.
But, we can appreciate the dumfounded cynicism out there about the very idea of a modern celebrity using a product that he or she isn’t getting paid to eat, drink, wear, drive…or in this case, use to smack a fuzzy yellow ball. Especially since Andre and Head Racquets have been inseparable since 1993, a year after he won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon wielding the original Donnay Pro One.
The Donnay-Agassi ‘no-deal’ deal flies in the face of modern deal-happy celebrities who attach their names and likenesses to just about any brand that’s willing to pay the big bucks, even if they don’t necessarily use it, as was the case of Britney Spears and Pepsi in 2001. She signed a multi-million dollar ad deal with the soft-drink brand that that was suddenly terminated when she was caught on camera guzzling a Coke.
Today, skeptical and sophisticated consumers wonder: Does Sarah Jessica Parker actually color her hair with Garnier? ‘Only her hairdresser knows for sure,’ to borrow a classic advertising slogan. And does LeBron really wear those $315 Nike signature shoes he endorses? Probably, but it wouldn’t be the first time a superstar painted over his trusty and beloved sneaks with the Nike Swoosh.
Pro tennis players in particular are notorious for endorsing tennis racquets they don’t really use. Roger Federer’s personal racquet customizer told a reporter in 2010 that his client’s sticks aren’t the BLX variety he hawks, but cosmetized versions of his old Pro Staff models. Thomas Muster, the former World No 1 player from Austria, was once asked by a reporter why he switched from a Kneissl model to a Head racquet. He candidly answered, “Same racquet. New paint job.”
Look at a photo of the racquet Petra Kvitova uses in her WTA Tour matches. It has Wilson’s Perimeter Weighting System (PWS) that is distinctive and unmistakable because PWS consists of two bulges at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the racquet face. The model she advertises – the Wilson Steam 100 BLX – is smooth and bulge-less and belongs in the Pro Staff family of Wilson racquets.
What we love about Agassi’s ‘no-deal’ deal with Donnay is that it’s an extremely rare case of genuine organic interest from the tennis legend, not the usual play-for-pay.
It’s the kind of endorsement that affirms the quality of our brand. And that’s something not even Nike money can buy.
Andre Agassi’s Donnay Tennis ‘No-Deal’ Deal Q&A Break Down
You’ve got questions about Agassi’s use of Donnay tennis racquets and we’ve got answers…
Q: Did fellow X-P user and fellow senior tour player Jim Courier or Roman Prokes, Agassi’s racquet customizer and Donnay retail dealer, talk Andre into playing with Donnay racquets?
- A: No. Andre’s decision was strictly his own, following an extensive blind play test.
Q: Will Donnay try to formalize its relationship with Andre contractually?
- A: There are no plans at this time. Our understanding is that he strictly wants a tennis racquet that will help him best compete at the highest level. For now, he’s strictly Donnay’s biggest single customer with his massive order of frames.
Q: Is Agassi getting a discount?
- A: Yes, he’s receiving a volume discount on the frames.
Q: Didn’t Agassi have a lifetime deal with Head?
- A: We have no idea of what his relationship is with any current or former sponsor.
Q: Didn’t Agassi hate his original Donnay Pro One?
- A: According to Andre’s autobiography, “Open,” his coach, Nick Bolletieri, forced the racquet on him because he had cut a deal with a previous owner of the brand. He went back to his old racquet – the Prince Graphite – until Donnay got it right. We didn’t take over Donnay until 2009. Here’s what one chatter on the Tennis Warehouse boards had to say about that: “The new line of [Donnay] racquets is nothing like the old, and there is no greater witness for that than Andre himself. Once upon a time you couldn’t pay him a gazillion dollars to swing a Donnay; now he’s paying for them out of his own pocket. That’s quite a turnaround.” We, at Donnay, wholeheartedly agree.
Have a question about Agassi’s ‘no-deal’ deal with Donnay? Leave us a comment below, and we’ll follow up right here on our Arm Safe Performance blog.