Pain in Mid-High back area?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Blee1613, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Blee1613

    Blee1613 Semi-Pro

    Feb 13, 2010
    I've started reworking my serve and maybe overdid it a little. I've mostly been hitting kick serves and the right side (right handed)
    (The best way I can describe the area) like from my right nipple, keep going around untill you reach that part of the body where there seems to be a little more fat or muscle. It's below the shoulder blade.

    But then again, I'm not sure if this is related to my serving because usually when I serve too much, my shoulder starts to hurt first.
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    It sounds like you nailed it with "maybe overdid it a little."

    Give it some time to rest and improve.

    You may have to start back up with significantly less serves at each of your serving sessions and gradually work your way back up.

    Do you do off court conditioning?
    Tennis Training Section
    Tennis Weight Training - Exercises of Weight Training for Tennis

    Do you at least do the thrower's ten exercises to strengthen the upper back and arm muscles?

    "Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Blade Stabilization

    In this article we want to focus on the shoulder and muscles that stabilize that joint. When you talk about tennis and the shoulder the first thing that likely comes to mind is the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is important in tennis, but often times strength imbalances exist within the rotator cuff that can lead to injury. Most notably, tennis players tend to be weak in the muscles that externally rotate the shoulder. External rotation is an outward rotation and is the opposite of the shoulder motion players make when they serve or hit a forehand. To improve strength of the external rotators you can perform the exercises described in this section of the web page. This exercise should be performed with the dominant arm, but should really be performed with both arms if time permits.

    Not many people think of the upper back when considering how to strengthen and protect the shoulder. But try this simple drill. Place your hand on the shoulder blades of a player and ask him to raise his arms. Can you feel the shoulder blades move? Shoulder movement is very complex and involves movement of the shoulder blade as well as the actual shoulder joint itself. Weakness in the upper back muscles that stabilize the shoulder blades can cause the shoulder to function improperly and may actually contribute to shoulder pain. Exercises that train the stabilizers of the shoulder blade can help tennis players optimize performance and avoid shoulder injury."

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