What comes after tennis

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  1. serve stopper

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    This year has been a very terrible year for me, too many injuries and infections to were I can't play at the level i once was at, and the worst is that I am only 20. I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone else and what you did.
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Billiards. I find that tennis players enjoy games that require some work to improve.
     
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  3. maggmaster

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    Or table tennis, same reason.
     
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  4. Chas Tennis

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    At some point I realized that it was well worth my time to study the injuries and other health issues that were affecting me.

    When I had a meniscus injury in 2011 I began considering if I should make a decision to stop tennis or when in the future I should consider it.

    First, I found out as much as I could about the knee injury, the overall condition of my knee, and considered if the knee had chronic injuries or was likely deteriorating to more chronic conditions. It was not clear that it was going to get worse. There were other issues such as posture that might also have contributed.

    It turned out to be OK, this time.

    You should research each of your injury issues and understand as best you can how you might prevent them. Drs tend to treat injuries and not deal as much with prevention. You need some medical advice, so see where you might find it from well qualified Drs or possibly other medically trained people.

    There are a few very common tennis injures. There are many TT threads with useful information on all these issues.

    Why are you getting injured?
     
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  5. 2ndServe

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    pickleball

    very similar to tennis but played on a small court, very easy on the body. Bunch of older people play it.
     
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  6. Thepowerofchoice

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    Is that the same thing as paddle tennis? I played paddle tennis for 5 years before tennis. Great workout.
     
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  7. GuyClinch

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    You don't need to quit tennis at 20. Stop playing until you recover - and when you recover play LESS OFTEN.
     
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  8. adventure

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    Sorry to hear that.

    I would certainly recommend discovering what caused those injuries in the first place.

    -Not eating right?
    -Not enough muscle/strength to support your joints?
    -inadequate recovery time?
    -lack of flexibility?

    Certainly take some time to recover and also become aware of what led to those injuries.

    Perhaps you can start playing again once the issues above are sorted?

     
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  9. LeeD

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    For me, motocross replaced tennis in 1979, then windsurfing by 1983 till present. Added snowboarding in 1993, and kiteboarding in 2000.
     
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  10. 2ndServe

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    very similar but growing fast in popularity. Youtube would explain it better than I can.
     
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  11. Posture Guy

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    When I see an athlete who is repeatedly getting injured, upon assessment what I usually see is a postural and functional train wreck. Organic, efficient movement patterns are replaced with dysfunctionally-driven compensations that are injuries waiting to happen.

    If you're repeatedly getting injured, it's not because the injury gods decided to toy with you, it's because you're asking your body to do things it's either not positioned or conditioned to do properly and efficiently. The good news is, that can absolutely be fixed if you're willing to put in the effort to improve things.
     
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  12. Thepowerofchoice

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    Well said. So true!!!
     
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  13. RNadal

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    Hit the gym and start working out to fortify (is this word right?) your muscles and joints. Come back lightly to tennis, do the transition with ease. Swimming could help too. Never give up on your passion! :)
     
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  14. gavna

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    .......golf
     
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  15. sureshs

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    What was your level?
     
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  16. movdqa

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    Running.

    And, to a lesser extent, strength-training.
     
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  17. WildVolley

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    Exactly. This is my plan.

    Hopefully I'll be in my 90s when I'm not mobile enough to keep playing tennis.
     
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  18. DirtBaller4

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    I feel your mental anguish.

    I was at your cross roads with pain and sports a few years ago. I had a bad 5 years which included having rotator cuff, back (spinal tumor), abdominal, and finally knee (meniscus) surgeries. I wrapped my little pain party with a motorcycle accident in which i hit a dear doing 75 mph on a crotch rocket.

    I took time off sports after each of these but could not stand it. I probably should have re-habed longer after each one also.

    My point is this, everyone plays though pain. Whether you know it or not, every time you see someone with a knee brace, ankle sleeve etc. that these people are toughing it out.

    life isn't all roses. You just have to take the good with the bad and get on with it.

    At 20 you should be able to recover, hopefully in a few months you can look back at this past year and have a good laugh at yourself.
     
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  19. Posture Guy

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    What comes after tennis?

    Doubles.
     
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  20. Chotobaka

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    Paddle tennis involves more screaming and copious amounts of beer afterwards (sometimes during). One of the best times you can have.
     
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