In a cross sectional survey of recreational tennis players with an average age of 46.9 years, there were 299 injuries in 528 players giving a prevalence of 52.9 injuries/100 players. 105 In a cross sectional survey study of recreational runners, 45.8% of 4358 male joggers sustained jogging injuries in the previous one year period. 140 A prospective study of recreational runners training for a 10 km race reported that 29.5% of runners experienced an injury that caused at least some pain after ...
In a study of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance Program (ISP) from 2009 to 2015 using a sample of 19 men’s and 25 women’s varsity tennis programs, Lynall et al. found an overall injury rate of 4.9 injuries per 1000 athlete exposures (AE) . In this study, an AE was defined as any single student-athlete participation in an official NCAA practice or match, regardless of duration.
There were 3.49 injuries per 1000 hours of tennis training. The most common injuries were joint injuries (29.5%), following by tendinopathy (22.1%), located in the ankle (20%) and wrist (15.8%), both occurred by service (23.2%).
Injury rate was lower for male players (17.7 injuries per 1000 sets played) than female players (23.4 injuries per 1000 sets played). There was variability in the numbers of injuries reported by men and women players over the 10-year period ( figure 2 ). The male/female distribution of injuries over the 10 years.
In one report, 38% of 143 professional tennis players missed a tennis tournament because of low back pain. 45 Forty-three players reported chronic low back pain, and 11 of 38 players with acute injuries (29%) had injuries to the lumbosacral spine. The high prevalence of low back pain in tennis players is not surprising given the large loads in axial rotation.
How many injuries? The rate of tennis injury in the general population is five injuries per 1,000 hours of participation. From 2002-2003, 505 people were admitted to hospitals across Australia for tennis-related injuries, at a rate of 33 injuries per 100,000 tennis players.
The Terrible 10: 5 Chronic + 5 Acute Tennis Injuries. The most common and most serious tennis-related cumulative, chronic or “overuse” injuries are: Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow; Rotator Cuff Tendinopathies; Patellar Tendinopathies; Achilles Tendinopathies; Stress Fractures
Sport Participants Participants Total Injuries 100 Participants TOTAL INJURIES 211,202 20,145 100.0 9.5 Basketball 36,584 2,783 13.8 7.6 Running/Jogging 35,866 1,654 8.2 4.6 Soccer 17,641 1,634 8.1 9.3 Football (tackle) 5,783 1,084 5.4 18.8 Baseball 10,402 602 3.0 5.8 Bicycling (recreational) 53,524 445 2.2 0.8 Tennis 16,353 415 2.1 2.5