Injuries and Playing Surfaces in Professional and Recreational Tennis

*The following article was posted by the International Tennis Performance Association’s blog.* By Patrick Aubone, CTPS & Dr. Mark Kovacs, CTPS, MTPS Headed into the professional clay court season, common perception is that in tennis surface matters. As we get older, clay courts are the surface of choice. “It’s easier on the body” is the most repeated phrase. “Hard courts hurt my knees and my back” is often heard. But what if the injuries were not a result of the playing surface? Most players over time get some type of overuse injury. Whether it’s the playing arm, the back, or the knees and ankles, everyone gets “niggles.” A recent 2016 study in Nethe

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