Tennis is commonly considered an elite game, thanks to the country clubs that once provided the vast majority of tennis facilities. The combination of both high- and low-exertion levels of the game, however, can bring not only a unique exercise experience, but also tremendous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart attack. Follow these tips to avoid injury when serving up a game.
- Choosing a racquet – The grip of the racquet should be thick enough for your hand to fit around it without having your thumb and fingers overlap one another and the hitting area should be 105 square inches or smaller as an oversized racquet will tend to catch the ball on the extreme edge and this can twist your hands and wrists beyond their normal range of motion.
- Selecting a court Find a tennis court with a surface that has some give, such as cushioned surfaces or even grass.
- Learn proper form As a beginner take lessons to learn good tennis habits and proper form, which will help take the pressure off your wrists, spine and hips.
- Warm up Before jumping right into your first serve, take a minute to rotate your legs, shoulders, hands and elbows in a slow, circular motion.
- Drink lots of water When playing tennis, avoid drinking sodas because your body must use more water to push them out of your system than they put into your body.