Tennis injuries on the rise


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Summer is here and that means a lot of you are getting active.  Tennis anyone? It’s a popular sport here in Terre Haute.

With the extra activity comes an increase in injuries.

People here in the Valley love to play tennis. This challenging sport serves up a lot of fun.  But don’t let yourself down by getting hurt. In tennis, beginners are especially prone to getting hurt.

Just ask Stacey Thacker.

“When I hit the ball, I was not hitting it correctly,” she explained. “Eventually after a long period of time, my arm started killing me.”

Even though she was hurt playing tennis, the injury she has is called “Golfer’s Elbow.”  And Stacey attributes her injury to not taking any tennis lessons.

Physical therapist Ashim Bakshi, who himself is an avid tennis player, says he’s seeing a lot of beginner-type players with injuries.

“They have a myriad of injuries from things affecting the shoulder, elbow, in some circumstances the wrist, ankle and knee, but more so the shoulder and elbow,” said Bakshi.

This week is hand therapy week.

Ashim is using this week to raise awareness of injuries in one of his favorite sports. Thanks to therapy, Stacey says she’s on the road to recovery.

“A lot better!  A whole lot better, said Stacey.  “I notice a huge difference when I play now.”

The keys to staying healthy: if you’re a beginner like Stacey, take lessons, and no matter how skilled you are, be sure you’re in good physical condition.  He also recommends using what’s called a dynamic warm-up before playing.

“Most of these warm-ups are done 15-20 minutes before you play,” said Bakshi.  “They can be done on the courtside, but they just keep the body ready for the dynamic needs of tennis.”

After all, you can’t play when you’re hurt.  And who wants to sit on the sidelines all summer?

For more information on hand therapy week, click here.

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