Is tennis bad for your knees?

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  1. Yobsinnet

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    I'm questioning if I should play tennis for my school team this year. I'm debating between track and tennis, during track I would be running long distance. I just wanted to know what was worse for my knees, tennis or track. This year I ran cross country which kind of hurt my knees, so for this winter I joined the swim team. Now swimming is almost over and I have to decide tennis or track. I did decide to quit tennis when I found out it was bad for your knees but now I want to play again. I just have a strong desire to play. For my school the tennis courts are hard courts. Our track field is a bit cushioned (not sure on the material). So what is worse? Tennis or track. For tennis I believe i'll play mostly doubles this year. Also, whats worse for your knees in the long run? I'm just terrified of even the slightest idea of knee surgery but I still want to do at least one sport.
     
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  2. Sagittar

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    bad exercise is bad for your knees , not tennis for sure ..
     
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  3. Yobsinnet

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    Well, tennis involves sprinting on a hard court (assuming you're playing on hard court), and the fact that you switch directions every few seconds won't help with your knees... and running just keeps pounding on your knees, especially long distance.
     
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    well there are some simple known exercises to strenghen the knees area and the muscles surrounding it , guess that your choice should rely on your personal attitudes not anything else though I prefer tennis ofcourse ..
     
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  5. Yobsinnet

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    i know there are work outs that will strengthen your knees, i'm just asking what is worse for your knees, tennis or track?
     
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  6. waves2ya

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    Track - if you run long distances (and are not genetically lucky).

    Tennis - if you don't augment your training (even at a young age) with some lifting, cross training, etc. And are not lucky... or are foolish.
     
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    so your saying that long distance track is worse for your knees than tennis? (assuming you do the right cross training and etc.)
     
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  8. maverick66

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    stop being a little girl. go lift some weights and stop crying. this thread is just sad. if your worried about knee surgery when your in high school you got some issues. get out of your bubble and get a little dirty.
     
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    It depends on how lucky you are with your knee structure. The stress on the knees are difference. Hence, it may be that both are not suited for you, or just one would be worse, or both would be fine if you are properly trained.

    When I was in high school, I made a decision to save my knees for as long as I can so that I can play tennis in my old age. I did run between 3-5 miles everday (ah..the joys of youth) as part of my conditioning. Now that we know more about conditioning, I would have run less and do more intervals. I also did interval training but I would have done more interval training. Also, I would have done more cross training, low impact style. biking, rowing, swimming, even hiking with a heavy pack (properly fitted). I started more low impact cross training in my twenties and I do not skiing, or anything else that put twisting stress on my knees.

    Until my recent bout with cancer, and complications with the surgery, my legs were always strong. I never thought of it, it had never let me down.

    I would suggest, along with the other poster here, that you concentrate on devleoping strong legs. Don't push it on anything if it hurts.

    The other thing that you should start concentrating on is to have a very strong core, your abs and you back, concentrate on you glutes and hamstrings. You don't need to be so skinny that you have a six pack but you abs should be really, really strong.
     
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  10. qwerty66

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    um.. my coach told me here is this "thing" (forgot the name) it's somewhere around your knee cap
    and it's "imature" for a teen
    and when you do impact stuff like tennis ie. serving and landing, doing split steps it's forces to "thing" to be mature and stop your knee was stretch and growing

    something like that
    can someone tell me if this is true?;)
     
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  11. waves2ya

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    Will agree with Maverick on that - live your life. You can't plan everything; track, tennis - it's not bullriding (or worse).

    Your ledger is early on. You've got lots to use - go for it; makes for a full life.
     
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  12. TonLars

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    Ive never experienced any knee problems playing tennis. Since its such a sprint sport, stop and go, I dont honestly think it impacts your knees to a large degree. When I have done some running for training, like 1 or 2 miles, it is fairly frequent when I will feel some pain and discomfort in my knee cap. Thats why I very rarely will do this kind of training, along with it not being very tennis specific. I think that running and pounding like that definitely has an effect on the knees. Tennis youre sprinting and not pounding so much and as I said its never been a problem. Interestingly of note, I also have "jumpers knee" which started 5 years ago from highschool basketball, and I feel pain if I do enough jumps as high as I can.

    So, tennis shouldnt be a problem for your knee if youre that concerned about it. It hasnt been for me. Youll mainly see injuries to the shoulder, wrist and back.
     
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  13. Yobsinnet

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    thanks everyone
     
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