The top wheelchair tennis players in the world are highly accomplished athletes. But there is also some risk of harm and injury in this sport. The most frequent soft tissue injuries experienced by wheelchair tennis athletes will be discussed in this article.
Abrasions, strains, and sprains are the soft tissue injuries that happen most often to wheelchair tennis players.
The shoulder is where wheelchair athletes experience pain most frequently. However, these athletes' injury rates do not coincide with those of players who are physically fit.
Despite being a problem, injuries are less common for wheelchair tennis players than for able-bodied ones. They might even have a lower chance of developing overuse injuries.
According to several studies, wheelchair tennis players who struggle to control their trunks are more likely to develop shoulder issues. This is so that the upper body of the athlete can make up for their lack of power. As a result, there are strong compressive stresses acting on the shoulder joint.
A lack of kinematic chains has been linked in studies to an increase in injury rates. For example, it was found that an SCI with a lower level had more torque than an SCI with a higher level.
Another study found that wheelchair tennis athletes' shoulders had undergone musculoskeletal adjustments. On the dominant side, the scapula was more externally rotated. The physiologic demands of wheelchair tennis are unknown to have caused or resulted in these adaptations.
But more study on the particulars of these adaptations is required. Wheelchair tennis players must avoid shoulder injuries. Occupational therapy should be taken into consideration if an athlete is susceptible to these injuries.
The increase in players is one of wheelchair tennis' more intriguing developments. This specialized sport was once restricted to a few snooty clubs and rehabilitation facilities, but now that there are numerous participants at different levels of the ladder, the game has expanded to the general public.