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Tom Hiatt
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With the summer tennis season winding down, and vacations coming to an end, many of us are gearing up for the Fall tennis season. The opportunities to play are many, with USTA combos, the start of World Team Tennis (see front page for more info), social tennis and city quads a plenty.

All of this tennis should lead us to pay special attention to repetitive motion fatigue and/or injury such as what can happen to our shoulders.

There are four muscles and associated tendons in the rotator cuff of the shoulder. The repetitive motion of serving and hitting overheads can cause micro tears in the tissue of the these muscles and the tendons used to connect the muscle to the bone. There are a total of eight muscles that are involved in the rotation of the shoulder.

If you develop fatigue, soreness, and inflamation in your shoulder, it is your body saying " hold up there big fella, we have an issue".

Here are some suggestions for remedy;

1. Tired, fatigued feeling on the top of shoulder.  Stretch before playing , take anti-inflammatories such as pineapple, spinach, almonds, omega 3 fish oil. Ice only if swollen, use heat for healing. Take over the counter meds as a last step and remember it is harmful to take drugs prior to activity, take them only after playing and if you are experiencing pain and soreness. You should always stretch before playing but do ballistic type stretches (see discussion on stretching  for more info).

2. Do static stretching of the muscles on off days and after a match. Add a low impact, low weight bearing exercise routine to your work out.

3. If you experience "trigger point" pain, pain that is caused by pressing down on an affected area, pain when trying to perform normal activities, then additional therapies are indicated. See a doctor, click on the link under tennis Injury on the sidebar and have a medical professional discuss the symptoms, and help with your diagnosis.

4.Alternative therapies to injection therapy and surgery are heat therapy, electronic stimulation and laser therapy.

If you want to discuss in detail any of these remedies hit the contact me button for more specifics.

See you on the courts.

Tom Hiatt

 

 

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August 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Tom Hiatt
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Tom Hiatt at August 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM

With the summer tennis season winding down, and vacations coming to an end, many of us are gearing up for the Fall tennis season. The opportunities to play are many, with USTA combos, the start of World Team Tennis (see front page for more info), social tennis and city quads a plenty.

All of this tennis should lead us to pay special attention to repetitive motion fatigue and/or injury such as what can happen to our shoulders.

There are four muscles and associated tendons in the rotator cuff of the shoulder. The repetitive motion of serving and hitting overheads can cause micro tears in the tissue of the these muscles and the tendons used to connect the muscle to the bone. There are a total of eight muscles that are involved in the rotation of the shoulder.

If you develop fatigue, soreness, and inflamation in your shoulder, it is your body saying " hold up there big fella, we have an issue".

Here are some suggestions for remedy;

1. Tired, fatigued feeling on the top of shoulder.  Stretch before playing , take anti-inflammatories such as pineapple, spinach, almonds, omega 3 fish oil. Ice only if swollen, use heat for healing. Take over the counter meds as a last step and remember it is harmful to take drugs prior to activity, take them only after playing and if you are experiencing pain and soreness. You should always stretch before playing but do ballistic type stretches (see discussion on stretching  for more info).

2. Do static stretching of the muscles on off days and after a match. Add a low impact, low weight bearing exercise routine to your work out.

3. If you experience "trigger point" pain, pain that is caused by pressing down on an affected area, pain when trying to perform normal activities, then additional therapies are indicated. See a doctor, click on the link under tennis Injury on the sidebar and have a medical professional discuss the symptoms, and help with your diagnosis.

4.Alternative therapies to injection therapy and surgery are heat therapy, electronic stimulation and laser therapy.

If you want to discuss in detail any of these remedies hit the contact me button for more specifics.

See you on the courts.

Tom Hiatt

 

 

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October 31, 2011 at 12:23 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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