Perplexing

Egoista

Professional
Hello all,

Recently I have developed a lower back problem , tonnes of pain.
Last 4 days. Not enough that I cannot play tennis but am in some discomfort.

Recent changes to my tennis routine:

1. Have begun footwork drills (cones, etc...) For the last two weeks.

2. Secondly have been experimenting with the Head Prestige youtek 25 yrs limited edition rather than my regular Donnay Gold 94 . The weight difference Unstrung is only 11 grams so I do not know whether that can make such a difference? The Head being heavier.


Can anyone please shed some light on this?

I dont know whether or not to give up on the Head .Do not want to give up on the footwork drills.

thanks
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Make sure yours shoes have good cushion, are relatively new, and you have nice cushy insoles.
Don't play 4 days in a row.
Try to STALK the ball, not bouncy hop to the ball. Keep a low center of gravity, and act like a lion or cheetah stalking it's prey.
 

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
Unless you forced it too much, when you have back pain that means your back muscles are weak and that is probably because your posture isn't right putting too much pressure on your back.
Exercise plates and learn Alexandre Technique.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
People seem to assume that their back problems are probably related to their tennis in some way. This is not necessarily the case. Plenty of people who do no exercise and play no sports have miserable backs. Not very likely your choice of racquet caused your back problems, as much as we'd like to think changing the racquet will solve the problem.
 

Egoista

Professional
Make sure yours shoes have good cushion, are relatively new, and you have nice cushy insoles.
Don't play 4 days in a row.
Try to STALK the ball, not bouncy hop to the ball. Keep a low center of gravity, and act like a lion or cheetah stalking it's prey.
insoles I will get for sure as I am flatfooted but I still believe it is the racquet only 11 grams more or the fitness drills that could have contributed to it....
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Lack of insoles, heavier racket, and more fitness drills is all related to overuse injury.
You play a lot, you increased your SW, and you don't use insoles, but maybe you needed them.
 

Egoista

Professional
Any recc for the softest and best insole. I went to the foot person today they had some from Germany and were saying that it would have to be custom made for my shoes.

Is that the regular procedure?
 

Mac33

Hall of Fame
It's not so much the quality of the insole,its how often you change them.

If you have a spare thin insole,then try using two extra on each shoe.

I lunge to the ball rather than run to it. I believe this reduces the distance covered.

Stand up in the court,around the baseline to block off angle and dictate the point--- which again reduces the distance you will run.

Never heard of a heavy frame causing back pain.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
TW here sells several different cushy inserts for sports, and for athletes with flat feet.
Some say a less padded insole is actually better padding, because the soft initial takeup of really padded insoles are used up just with body weight.
 

shindemac

Hall of Fame
Wo seeing your form, it's hard to diagnose. It could be tennis related or not. What's your posture like during the day? How's your mattress? If it's lumpy and old, that can cause back problems. Also, your back muscles could be weak like other guy said.
 

Egoista

Professional
Wo seeing your form, it's hard to diagnose. It could be tennis related or not. What's your posture like during the day? How's your mattress? If it's lumpy and old, that can cause back problems. Also, your back muscles could be weak like other guy said.
i guess my posture during the day is not ideal...some computer related work as well as bad posture but all this came about after i switched the racq and changed my sneakers to a somewhat tighter adidas one coupled with right foot pain
 

gut wax

Hall of Fame
i guess my posture during the day is not ideal...some computer related work as well as bad posture but all this came about after i switched the racq and changed my sneakers to a somewhat tighter adidas one coupled with right foot pain
In addition to the "obvious" above - even if you've always kept wallet in back pocket, switch wallet to front.
 

FedMex

Rookie
I would put it down to the change of your routine in footwork drills. Have you checked the muscles in your glutes to see how tight they are, along with the hamstrings. The psoas was a big deal for me and relieved a lot of my back ache. I use double socks too.
 

Egoista

Professional
I would put it down to the change of your routine in footwork drills. Have you checked the muscles in your glutes to see how tight they are, along with the hamstrings. The psoas was a big deal for me and relieved a lot of my back ache. I use double socks too.
I m tending to agree with this. Since I obviously want to continue with the footwork drills and maybe change my shoes are there any specific weight lifting or drills I can do to improve the glutes and hamstring?
 
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