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Player to Player: Rehabbing a quadriceps tendon injury

Real Tennis Players - Like You! - Asking For, and Offering, Advice on the Sport They Love

Player to Player is USTA.com’s regular feature in which everyday tennis players are given a forum to ask advice on the sport they love – and their fellow players will dish out advice. We’ll post a number of the best responses we receive to our question of the week.



This week's question from Inga:

I have a question. I recently came across this tennis quiz in a magazine, and one question really got me confused. What is your opinion? The question was:

A player with a very fast swing speed is more likely to be successful with:

A: stiff racquet
B: flexible racquet
C: oversize racquet
D: racquet flexibility and head size do not impact success based on swing speed

I thought a stiff racquet is the answer, but another pro told me that flexible racquet is more likely to make a player succeed with a fast swing speed...

Please share your advice with Inga by e-mailing Player@USTA.com and include your name and hometown.

Got a question of your own? Send that along, too!


Last week's question from Esteban:
(Please note: There's no need to send additional responses to this question)

Can anyone recommend rehabilitation exercises and/or equipment to come back to tennis after quadriceps tendon rupture surgery? I am a fit, 3.5 player who just lost at the seniors sectionals (just qualify this year for seniors). Three weeks later, I slipped and fell on a humidity patch on the court breaking the tendon, which is odd since I have always been a jumper and this injury is mainly related to jumping and landing. I just had surgery on May 7 and now wonder what rehabilitation exercises, knee brace and tennis-specific agility programs are recommended. Thank you.

Player Responses:

From Lindy Lou, Bensalem, Pa.:

I do not know how good an idea it is to ask others for rehab ideas. That is OK to get a general idea, I suppose, but you should ask your DOCTOR for specific instructions. Indeed, your doctor should have discharged you with orders for specific physical therapy.

I hope you went to a sports medicine specialist. Following surgery, it is best to go to a rehab center where they know what they are doing. By that I mean a center where they specialize in rehabilitation for athletes. Or work with a therapist at any center who is familiar with athletes with your particular rehab routine. Many times you can continue on your own at home. Take this very seriously, and follow instructions to the letter. Do not get back on the court too soon or you will find yourself back in surgery.

When Thomas Muster had his accident, he went back on the court and practiced sitting down on a chair. He did serves and groundstrokes from the chair. So you can still work on your upper body at the gym or at home.

From Kenny, Chicago:

I hurt my arm last week and am very upset I can't get out and play. The usual healing work I do is ice, heat, stretching, steam-room stretching, self massage and pro massage, if I can afford it. For any leg injury, I like to do workouts in the pool and do lots of stretching. Don't push it too fast. You want it 100 percent before you go out and play so that it doesn't get bad again. There is a lot of tennis on TV this summer, so watch and learn. Ask your doctor what the usual healing time is, maybe get rehab on it, and soon you will be playing again!

From Paul, Midland, Texas:

Calcium bentonite clay helps as a natural pain reliever and promotes healing after surgery, broken bones, sprains, etc. The best advice I can give you is to take it slow. Build up gradually with your exercises and agility programs, and I would think your doctors involved would have a plan. In conjunction with your program, incorporate calcium bentonite clay... daily external applications of the clay and/or 'muscle rub' along with 'clay baths.' It has helped me stay away from my chiropractor and on the courts. Best of luck!

*Please note that any advice given out in this forum should in no way be confused with actual medical advice. Before starting any new exercise regimen or altering your existing one, we strongly urge you to consult with your regular physician.

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