View Full Version : Good websites for female athletes?
11-12-2011, 08:24 AM
Hey, I am just wondering if anybody knows of any good websites/blogs for women 30+ who are really involved in sport, especially tennis...
11-12-2011, 06:33 PM
welcome to the forums :) tt.tennis-warehouse.com
11-13-2011, 12:00 AM
Thanks! So far the forum has been great for answering all my tennis queries, and assuring me that I am not the only tennis fanatic out there...
There's more than a handful of female post'ers on this forum.
In my life, I've had girlfriends who were professional tennis players, professional windsurfers, high level surfers, and a current ex Cat111 road bike racer.
Never had a girlfriend who could really waterski, ride motocross (although DoreenPayne would have been if I continued), snowski, but had one who taught snowboarding at SierraTahoe for 5 years.
Yes, most of them could kick my butt in their chosen sport.
11-14-2011, 11:31 PM
Thanks for pointing that out. I've met some great female tennis players here, some of which played hockey in school, and plenty of runners, and girls participating in the GAA (check out Gaelic football and hurling, they are great sports).
I was asking my question because I got frustrated with a couple of the doctors I met and one PT (he trained with male rugby players), who have the preconception that most female tennis players in Ireland play "gossip tennis" rather than competitive sport. So with the shoulder problem I had, I felt that I was only given minimal exercises to do, and more often offered cortisone as a quick fix rather than looking at continuing with the sport in the long term.
Yeah, there's that problem even here in California with sport's med docs, who think they know everything because they once worked with a pro basketball or football player.
Anyone less than a professional, who basically hands them 50K, just get's the brushoff and cort shot answer.
You should get the doc to hit tennis ball with you, and he'll change his diagnosis right quick. Suddenly, you'll be treated like a sports athlete, not as a woman who should be cooking and cleaning at home.
Fortunately for us around here, lots of sports med docs actually DO a sport, and they see women right there shoulder to shoulder with some of the most radical guys, and they get their eyes opened, and their brains restarted.
Stay sideways on your serve.
11-15-2011, 01:15 PM
Wow, that's amazing that you'd have that problem too in California (my ex-home). I nearly invited my PT out to see what tennis actually is, but was afraid he'd take it as a date invitation! The only effective GP I have been too actually is long distance runner, but the others, they don't get it. That's why its great to get some tips and a bit of perspective from all the very experienced tennis people on the forum here.
Yeah, I've been involved in the "sport's medicine" and referal game since the '60's, and quite a few of my sports friends are in the medical side of it.
Had the docs from high school (varsity basketball and football) thru surfing (4A in California), thru windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, and a bunch of other sports looking at me thru the years, so I know what if feels like to be slighted or neglected in favor of more high profile patients.
OTOH, most doctors are intriqued by my impressive list of sports injuries I"ve accumulated thru 45 odd years of playing sports at high levels without regard for work or my human body ...:):)
Lucky for me, I also never had to really work to take time away from sports!
11-16-2011, 05:21 AM
Well this is my first experience with a sports injury as I've been lucky so far. It's great you've been so devoted to sports. I am trying to do the same with tennis, but just sidelined now. I guess you know how the usual GP/specialist/cortisone game works...As far as sports medicine goes in Ireland, seems to be reserved for professionals for sure...
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