Tennis injury data from The Championships, Wimbledon.
Injuries in professional tennis are common, due to the high loading demands on the body. This retrospective study adds to professional tennis epidemiological data, by describing the injury presentation among elite tennis players and the changes in injury profile over 10 years at Wimbledon. The rates of presentation of injury varied between male and female players and also between years, with the majority of injuries pre-existing or recurrent. Muscle and ligament injuries are the predominant type of acute injury in professional grass court tennis and appear to have increased in female players during the study period.
Data was collected on all injury presentations to the sports physicians throughout the Wimbledon main draw period from 2003-2012. Overall injury rates were lower for male players (17.7 injuries per 1000 sets) than female players (23.4 injuries per 1000 sets). Axial injuries accounted for 25% (male) and 23% (female) of all injuries, while 28% (male and female) were upper limb injuries and 47% (male) and 49% (female) were lower limb injuries.
The implementation of a centralized electronic record keeping system, to obtain data from all healthcare professionals involved with the management of players on the world tour, has enhanced our understanding of the true extent of injury in professional tennis and may help target specific injury prevention strategies and enable more effective continuity of care.
> From: McCurdie et al., Br J Sports Med 51 (2017) 607-611. All rights reserved to BMJ Publishing Group Ltd. Click here for the online summary.