Shoulder pain & tennis players seem to go together! With the ATP World Tennis circuit well underway, we can almost always guarantee at least 1 of the top 10 Men or Women players will suffer from a shoulder injury. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray & Novak Djokovic have all had shoulder injuries in the last few years. This is not surprising when you take the age old issue of training overuse and repetitive stress on the shoulder, and add to that the sheer power of serving up to 200kph on match day.
Records show that most commonly these players will suffer irritation to the soft tissue structures around the shoulder joint, which can lead to inflammation, shoulder pain, and the inability to play.
For the average Joe, (like me!), tennis shoulder injuries are more likely to occur from poor form (boo!), poor technique, or poor shoulder strength and stability (yikes!). If in doubt, before dusting off the old racquet it may be worth having a quiet word with your local tennis instructor, or even your physio…..you will thank yourself for it!