Fitness trainer explains why Nadal gets injured more than Roger Federer

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Fitness trainer explains why Nadal gets injured more than Roger Federer

In an interview to YouTube Tennis Land, the fitness trainer José Salvat, who worked with Javier Sánchez Vicario, Albert Montañés, Fabio Fognini and currently with Roberto Carballés and Paula Badosa, commented on the many injuries happening on the ATP Tour nowadays.

'The high-level sport is not healthy in terms of bones', Salvat admitted. 'From a physical and mental side, the ideal thing would be to play maximum for three weeks and then having two free weeks in order to recover and be back to compete.' 'You have studies that state that from 80 to 90% of injuries come from the mental side.

Being a sport where you play in a very reduced space, the changes of fastness and direction are consistent, so we see many hips, knee or feet injuries.' Salvat also explained why Rafael Nadal gets more injured than Roger Federer.

The Spaniard is currently dealing with a right knee injury. 'The game style definitely plays a factor on injuries. On a motion level, Federer is very good. It would be like Nureyev of tennis. He has a brutal coordination, moving very well.

It means less effort and fewer chances to get injured. It doesn't mean that he does not get injured but that he has less risk of hurting. Roger has been skipping the clay for two consecutive years to prevent a knee injury after that he already underwent surgery.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title