Injuries can take on all sorts of forms ranging from the psychological through to the physical. Mental toughness is essential to be a winner and the capacity to choose the correct shot every time is crucial.
Being able to change strategies to change a losing game is also essential. No one is better at decision making than Roger Federer on and off the court.He is an excellent role model for all junior players who want a future as a pro.
I am going to deal with the psychological first. If a player is having these kinds of problems then a well trained sports psychologist with a knowledge of tennis is invaluable. I know of only one and that is Humberto Ortega former coach to Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Tim Mayotte. Humberto also worked at UCLA and North Western University. You will not find a more lucid tennis mind anywhere.
What kinds of problems do players face? Performance anxiety,self doubt, inability to control emotions, lack of concentration. All of these can be helped with the help of a skilful sports psychologist and foster mental strength and stability on and off the court.
There are a whole host of injuries so I am going to deal with these in a generic way with an overview of options.
I would always avoid surgery if at all possible here are some suggestions.
For injuries amenable to non surgical treatment these are some.
Laser therapy is a form of light therapy which bombards cells with photons and stimulates the bodies own natural resources to promote healing. It is available in Canada and the UK and the US too I believe.
Acupuncture using all forms of art including needles ear seeds cupping, and moxibustion can be enormousy helpful in promoting recovery from injury.
Glandular fever or infectious mononucleosus caused by the Epstein Barr virus is not a joke and can have a profound impact on a player and can keep them out of the game for a long time.The virus has the capacity to attack all joints and can also in some cases cause hepatitis. Kids and adults can be extremely ill and on rare occasions will need hospitalization for rehydration. So do not write this illness off as trivial. Homeopathy can be very helpful in aiding recovery from this nasty condition.
Avoid playing when you have a fever if possible, there is a lot of pressure on pros to play when they are injured and this is a tough one.
Get enough sleep. the practice of Qi Gong helps maintain energy and build stamina. It originates from China and is well worth encorporating into ones daily routine.
General loss of form and fatigue especially in female players : check iron levels and thyroid to be sure that these aren’t the problem. Other culprits are low B12 and folate but are less common. Eating sufficient iron rich red meat in the form of beef and lamb is essential
If you have a serious injury: research carefully all health resources availble to you so that you get the best care money can buy.
If you have questions or concerns please leave a comment and I will get back to you
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