Stowmarket Tennis Club

Words by Senior Club Coach Chris Cunningham

Let’s talk about injuries. Or shall we avoid the topic? No, we can’t because injury affects all of us at various stages of our lives and in different forms. I see many players arriving at the courts and leaping straight onto the baseline to start hitting at pretty much full speed.

The damage and pain is often not felt at the time, but huge problems can be experienced later on when the body has cooled down and rested. Equally, most players can benefit from a little bit of corrective input from a coach or physio to address issues with their technique and movement, balance and posture. Fixing the cause of the problem can save a lot of time, discomfort and frustration later on.

Even the professionals have problems with injury. Lately we have seen many of the world’s best players having to amend their schedule in order to manage injury, Federer and Nadal being the most obvious examples, but with the Australian Open in our minds we’ve seen Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic absent through injury.

Kei Nishikori and Stan Warinka are also suffering with long term problems and our top woman, Johanna Konta, is also having to trim her schedule due to injury. The general consensus of opinion is that these players are having to work so hard, so frequently and at such a high level that even these ‘superhuman’ athletes are struggling to cope. Tennis is certainly a different game compared to what it was even 20 years ago.

Players are bigger, more muscular, heavier, faster, stronger and with the use of modern style and grips putting far greater loads on their bodies. How this will be resolved remains to be seen.

Lots of other budding ‘superhuman’ athletes have been enjoying the new disco tennis session at the club. Designed to get non-players into a club for the first time, the focus is on fun, fabulous music (of course) movement and chasing dozens of balls to get you working.

Players are free to work at a pace that is comfortable for them and it’s a great way to burn a few calories and start shedding that naughty Christmas tummy. If you come along as a brand new face then you get the session for free!

If you’d like any more information about the coaching programme then drop me a line and we’ll get you started.

See you on court!

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