Put Your Tennis Racquet Aside, and Let’s Discuss Tennis Elbow

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 Tennis Elbow Epidemic: Are you using the right tennis racquet?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)

 

Health & Safety in Tennis Come First!

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.

Donnay Tennis Racquet Technology: ‘Arm Safe’ XēneCore

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 ensuringDonnay Tennis Racquet Technology 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.

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!

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.

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