A doctor on Carlos Alcaraz's injury: "Trained muscles helped him"

The young Spaniard had injured his ankle at the ATP event in Rio de Janeiro

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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A doctor on Carlos Alcaraz's injury: "Trained muscles helped him"
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The Italian newspaper Tuttosport interviewed Sports Medicine expert Angelo Bertelli, director of the Turin Institute and teacher who certainly has great experience in sports injuries.

The doctor explained how ankle injuries represent approximately 10% of sprain injuries and in 90% of cases we are dealing with traumas that affect the lateral ligament complex. We talk about problems divided into acute or chronic.

For example, Bertelli talked about Carlos Alcaraz's recent injury in Rio De Janeiro: "I saw the injury and the ankle immediately swelled, a symptom of an effusion, since we're talking about days off, I don't think it's an injury of 2nd degree because in that case he would have also had to miss Indian Wells and Miami. We are talking about athletes with trained and strong muscles and this certainly helps."

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Buda Mendes / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Then the doctor continued: "We try not to intervene with surgery, except in extreme cases like that of Alexander Zverev. Preventive work is fundamental, linked to muscle strengthening and the correction of postural anomalies.

Sinner? I have observed him carefully and he is very attentive to the smallest details, I think of what I saw at the Australian Open when he went to his corner after the victory, he had other shoes made different from those of the match to wear them, a gesture that testifies to the Sinner's attention to every little detail."

Sinner is very careful, he has already had injuries in the past and the objective is certainly to avoid them.

Injuries in tennis

In the world of tennis, prevention and physical integrity are fundamental for the growth of an athlete. Throughout history we have had several champions or potential champions held back by physical injuries that ruined their rise.

In recent times we can remember the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, who retired much earlier than expected and Andy Murray himself, former world number 1, who has seen his career reduced by physical stops in recent years. In Italy Matteo Berrettini has often had to deal with injuries and this is also why he has slipped quite far back in the rankings.

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