A warning about practicing your serve.

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by lendl1986, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Chas Tennis

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    Lendyl1986, how did you do with this injury?

    I recalled your thread from last year when reading another thread.

    How have your recovered?

    Do you have an idea of what the injury might have been or how it may have been caused?
     
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  2. lendl1986

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    It's been a year and I have not recovered.

    Torn cartilege (labrum) in right shoulder.

    Caused by too much serving (1.5 hrs a day for 3 weeks...though I was picking up balls and doing cardio too). And more importantly, a stiff arm during serving...be loose and finish your swings!

    Surgery coming in Nov. 12 month recovery.
     
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  3. Chas Tennis

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    I am very sorry to hear that.

    What do you think of the bent-arm-at-impact issue that looks unusual and very stressful to me in your videos. (Apparently, there was no Golfer's Elbow injury.) Nearly all serving videos that I see show the nearly straight arm well before and through impact.

    Did you find another technical flaw in your service motion?

    Best of luck with your procedure.
     
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    Oh man, that is horrible. I've never had this injury myself. But I know a guy who has. I know it may worry you, but I assure you that a complete recovery is possible with a torn labrum.

    Just make sure to do your physical therapy and strengthen that shoulder up after your surgery. Also, very regular massage in that area will be very beneficial.

    Best of luck.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the OP's injury.

    It does look it like was caused by a technique issue. Arm and shoulder needs to stay pretty loose during the serve, with a full extension of the arm at the point of contact. Problem with a bent elbow is that is that its likely to tighten the shoulder when serving, so its likely to result in the shoulder 'thrown' during the service motion which is going to put alot of strain on the RC, particularly so if the OP was trying to power serves with that type of technique.

    Hope that the OP's surgery is successful and wish him all the best for a full recovery.
     
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    Lack of full extension was one problem.

    But a generally stiff arm during serve and groundstrokes was the real culprit.

    Staying "loose" in the arm isn't just for extra power, spin, and consistency: it does prevent injury.
     
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  7. Chas Tennis

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    Thanks, that's exactly the frame that I originally wanted to show.
     
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    Yeah - if you look at the photo you can see how tensed up and sinewy the muscles are in your forearm. Very hard to keep the shoulder loose when you are tight in the elbow and forearm because the arm and shoulder are obviously linked. Also a bent arm doesn't help with consistency which is probably why you've inadvertently locked the elbow and tightened the arm.

    If its any consolation, all these technique issues can be corrected so once you're recovered, there shouldn't be any reason why you can't get back to tennis and serving.

    Honestly, I wish you all the best with the op and subsequent recovery. Make sure you have a good course of physio afterwards and keep up with whatever rehab exercises they recommend. That's really important. May take some time, but you'll get there in the end because the body always wants to heal itself and you'll help with that if you can help point it the right direction.
     
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  9. 3fees

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    Practice Makes Perfect,I could go into the development of the serve and the names of those who added so very much to it including the exercises and length of days practices,,however,,you can buy there books-like I did and learn all about it.


    3fees :)
     
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  10. Chillaxer

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    Oh, so now I know that my shoulder getting sitff and aching from service practice was not necessarily a bad action. It was just me practising for too long, hitting as hard as I could and then expecting top need no recovery time. Interesting.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder. I've been lucky so far. No shoulder problems ever. But I'm getting up there in age. Since returning to tennis several months ago after about 40 years away from it, I go real light on the serving practice these days.
     
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