Common injuries in sub-elite tennis players

Bennett, Shane (2005) Common injuries in sub-elite tennis players. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

Tennis is a popular racquet sport played at various ability levels. It can be played from early childhood through to an elderly age. The aim of this study was to determine the injuries obtained by Victorian Institute of Sport, Australian Institute of Sport and Grade 1 or State Grade pennant players in the 15-25 year age group, over a 6-month period from February-July 2005. This study also sought to determine the medical care participants sought for their injuries and the impact of the injury in terms of time lost from play. The study investigated injury patterns in players attempting to enter a world-class standard of tennis. From this study it was concluded that upper extremity injuries were the most common region injured. The wrist is the most common specific location of a tennis injury. Overuse injuries, especially sprains and strains are the most common type of perceived injury in this population. Players who are injured spend less time cross training than non-injured players. Remedial/Massage Therapists is the most common health professional sought by the young sub-elite player. It is hoped that data obtained from this study may be useful in constructing strength/conditioning programs to help potentially reduce the number of injuries and effect of injuries in the sub-elite junior tennis player. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/744
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Tennis players, sports injuries, remedial massage, Osteopathy Masters Projects
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