Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open with a lower back injury. Williams said “It was feeling a little stiff and I don’t think this is the right moment to force it. I just want to relax and get ready for the next few months.” Fourth- ranked Andy Murray has been playing through his back pain. At the French Open Murray was seen flat on his stomach on a towel in pain as his trainer working on his ailing back. Murray has been suffering from back problems since the end of last season. He has decline to reveal the exact nature of his condition but termed it as a “back spasm.” He felt fine on Wednesday but woke up and found himself unable to put any weight on his left leg without pain.
How Tennis Causes Back Pain?
- There is a large amount of trunk rotation and twisting of the spine when doing front and back-hand shots required in tennis.
- Back muscles must support frequent sudden forward and lateral movements and start-and-stop motions.
- Tennis serves can be very dangerous and hyper-extend the lower back and can compress lumbar disc.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain & Injuries While Playing Tennis
- New players have a professional tennis instructor teach you proper form and make come up with ideas on how to avoid back pain, back injuries, or stress on the back.
- Learn about the different racket tensions and be fitted by a expert for the correct tennis equipment; a more flexible tennis racquet needs more trunk rotation than a stiffer tennis racquet with looser strings.
- Using a slice serve rather than a kick serve to decrease the degree of back arch when playing tennis.
- Always use proper form during tennis, bending the knees, holding in the abdominal muscles.
- Every once in a while have a tennis professional check your form.