Tennis and backbone: What you need to know

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Tennis and backbone: What you need to know

In order to get to a good form, a tennis player needs targeted training, which is necessary for all parts of the body. Physiotherapy can always maintain a certain degree of elasticity of the muscles and tendons. And, of course, a healthy diet.

In short, a life with athletic and physical steps. With all these things the body will be perfect in every situation and be protected from injuries. The back and in particular the spine is one of the most sensitive points for a tennis player.

Not surprisingly, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have suffered back inflammation problems during their careers. A study by the European Spine Journal conducted a research that led to very interesting results, in the article: Tennis is not dangerous for the spine during growth: there are answers.

For years tennis has been considered as an asymmetric sport, with negative effects on the spine, especially during growth. But this study has denied the thesis about the the bad affects on the spine, during growth. We will report a part of their study in the following abstract: "Tennis is widely practiced by adolescents in many countries.

Many spinal deformity experts consider this activity, together with other asymmetrical sports, as risk factors for scoliosis development even though scientific data are missing. The aim of the present study was to verify the prevalence of spinal deformities and LBP in adolescent competitive tennis players compared to healthy controls.

We designed a cross-sectional study. A convenience sample of 102 adolescent tennis players (52 girls) was compared to 203 scholars (102 girls) of the same age (12 years). "We used a questionnaire to collect data on LBP and we measured the ATR to screen for spinal deformities and the plumb line distances for kyphosis (C7 and C7 + L3) and lordosis (L3).

We found similar spinal deformities in both groups: ATR female: 3.2° ± 1° (tennis) versus 2.8° ± 1° (school), NS; ATR males: 2.8° ± 1° (tennis) versus 2.6° ± 1° (school), p < 0.05.

No differences were found for kyphosis and lordosis. Low back pain prevalence was similar for both groups, but a significant difference was found for limitation of usual activity, which was higher for tennis players than controls. CONCLUSION: The correlation between tennis, an asymmetric sport, and spinal deformities that has been postulated by many experts was not confirmed by our data.

There was no correlation between tennis and LBP, even if there were some differences among groups for limitations of the daily activities. Adolescent competitive tennis showed to be a safe sport without an increased risk of spinal deformities and LBP." In short, if practiced in the right way, tennis only brings benefits to the spine for youngers (and why not, older) practitioners.

Obviously practiced in the correct way, and depending on how a person feels physically. Source: European Spine Journal: ennis is not dangerous for the spine during growth: there are answers ALSO READ: Tennis and nutrition: what you need to know