My knees...

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  1. Rafa4Ever

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    I'm a Junior Player that plays around 4-5 hours of tennis every single day pretty much 7 days a week and my knees are aching a little after each day. They have always been sore but lately it has been a deeper soreness. It isn't an intense pain or anything sharp, just a dull aching that is very slowly becoming more noticeable. Is there anything I can do? I have good footwork and all that and my coach has said I am doing nothing wrong as far as my feet are concerned. Any advice?
     
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  2. scotus

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    That's a classic case of overuse, isn't it?

    See a sports med doc to see exactly what is wrong with your knees.

    It could be just something that takes some icing and rest. Or you might need to wear a band below the patella.

    Charliefederer might be able to help you out, but you need to be more specific about exactly where it hurts.
     
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  3. ollinger

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    You are asking for trouble if you don't listen to your body. Some people get away with playing that much, most don't. You're probably one of those. Time to back off and play less.
     
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  4. LeeD

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    Most top players play no more than 4 days a week, the drill or take lighter days the other TWO. That means one rest day, no running, every week.
     
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  5. adventure

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    Get an MRI and x rays.
     
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  6. GuyClinch

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    Go see a Doc - its probably runners knee. After that he will send you to a physical therapist and you will have to do all kinds of 'wimpy' looking exercises to rehab your legs. But they work very well in my experience. You just have to stick with it.

    What happens with tennis is that certain muscles get overworked - and your knee tends to end up tracking incorrectly as they pull on your kneecap.
     
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  7. Rafa4Ever

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    ok I'll be scheduling a docotr's visit next week. Thanks for the advice
     
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  10. Povl Carstensen

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    Don't play in shoes that are too worn. Perhaps try out other shoes. Pain in the body all the way up to the neck can have it's cause in the way you stand on the ground.
     
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  11. Chas Tennis

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    growth spurt?

    Younger people have a growth spurt around puberty. Have you plotted your height vs age? There are some special considerations then. For example, when my son tore his hamstring the Dr said that 'sometimes the bones grow faster than the muscles and tendons lengthen.' See a Dr who can cover this stage of development, such as a pediatrician or sports medicine Dr specializing in adolescents.

    But you are putting in too many hours so if something is a little sore, cut back. You now have no recovery. See a Dr if you might be injured.
     
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  12. TennisNinja

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    No. Don't do this right away.
     
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  13. charliefedererer

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    Smart going.

    Rest until the appointment.

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  14. directionals

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    I second that. The book says that most knee problems are the result of weaknesses in other leg muscles. The book lists 4 simple exercises which can be completed in a matter of minutes per day. I had knee problems for a year and after doing the exercises for a couple months, the problems disappeared. I'm not sure if your knee issue is similar to mine but it doesn't hurt to try(these are very safe exercises).
     
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    That's a good point. I asked the trainer at the club for exercises to help with knee pain, and there are some really good ones with athletic bands that don't stress the knees.
     
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  16. ollinger

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    ^^ Of course!! The guy plays tennis 7 days a week for 4-5 hours so his problem must be due to weakness in the leg muscles on the other side!
     
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  17. Povl Carstensen

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    Certainly the pain can have its origin somewhere else than it is felt. Not always, but not seldom.
     
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  18. SystemicAnomaly

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    Have you ruled out Osgood Schlatter's disease? You can think of it as growing pains.
     
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  19. TennisCJC

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    You are playing too much 4-5 hours a day - 7 days a week is not good.

    See a doctor and cut back.

    Part of training is allowing your body to rest and recover. Even a teenager needs 1 or 2 days a week to rest and recover. Also, you don't need 4-5 hours per training day.

    You only get 1 body - use it well.
     
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  20. 3fees

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    Train every other day, take frequent breaks to rehydrate, wear shoes that have excellent cushioning.

    Cheers
    3fees :)
     
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  21. Lefty5

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    you have to build in some time for strength training for your knees or it will be the beginning of the end. Wall squats and lunges are a good start. Don't forget to work your glutes and hip abductors as most knee pain starts with weakness in those muscles believe it or not.
     
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  22. maverick90024

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    i had the same ache. Take fish oil or vegan DHA 200mg daily and it goes away after 5 days.
     
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