The man with one big arm. Doctors Reply

UpTheT

Rookie
I'm not a Dr. but I think I'm right when it comes to NADAL and his lopsided build. The entire left side of his upper body is 2 to 3 times bigger than his right. This must be putting a strain on his spine and or entire skeleton.

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rafael

Rookie
New to tennis? Most tennis players are built that way. Both Roddick and Federer have pencil thin left arms.
 
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splink779

Guest
Roddick isnt bad, he has a 2 handed backhand. Henman is overall skinny, but his left arm is very very very skinny. Its scary.
 

spirit

Rookie
rafael said:
New to tennis? Most tennis players are built that way. Both Roddick and Federer have pencil thin left arms.
And Rod Laver was famous for his left (he was a lefty) arm being several times bigger than his right.
 

RonP

Rookie
Is having one arm larger than the other unhealthy? If so, how could this be fixed? I'm wondering since my right arm (I'm right handed) is at least an inch in circumference larger in the forearm and bicep area compared to my left. I use a one hand for everything.
 

fedex27

Professional
federer is the worst, and all others with 1 handed bh. most people will have there dominate hand a little bigger espicially tennis players
 
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splink779

Guest
I think sampras or henman has the worst case of this. Btw, those pics don't really show it. Nadal's case isn't very extreme, but he does have one of the biggest arms I've seen on a tennis player.
 

gchen

New User
haven't seen Nadal.
There is such thing as congenital hemihypertrophy where one side is much larger than the other...but I presume that with tennis the build is related to exertion.
Probably to balance it out you could lift freeweights to strengthen the non-dominant arm.
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UpTheT

Rookie
If it were just his arm I would be ok with it, but its not. His shoulder on his left side is so much bigger that his right side looks 3 inches lower. Looks like he's leaning to one side when he's standing straight up.
 
I take pride in my right arm...My dad calls me a crab. Is this really unhealthy? Nadal is built overall. Looks like it didn't affect Sampras much nor Federer.
 

canajun4

New User
someone find a picture of philopoussis, not sure how to spell that, and i remember at wimbledon recently i was astonished at how big his right arm was compared to his left.
 

johnmcc516

Semi-Pro
My arm is much bigger than my left, from tennis, baseball, football, etc. I do everything right handed except dribble to my left and shoot a left handed layup. :p
 
UpTheT said:
If it were just his arm I would be ok with it, but its not. His shoulder on his left side is so much bigger that his right side looks 3 inches lower. Looks like he's leaning to one side when he's standing straight up.
True. And has anyone noticed that the chip on Vamos Rafa's shoulder is so much biger than normal as well?
Talk about a coincidence!
 
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Free_Martha

Guest
Federer's body is the most lopsided but it doesn't affect his game any. will be interesting to see what kind of injuries he picks up in the coming years.
 

gmlasam

Hall of Fame
Craig Sheppard said:
If you're worried about Nadal look at these...


Yes you see a bigger difference in arm size with one handed backhanders than with two handed bachanders.
 

PJVA

Rookie
Craig Sheppard said:
If you're worried about Nadal look at these...


Craig I think Sampras right was much much bigger than his left, no doubt because of his big serve and the one hand bh. In that pic of Federer you can't really tell because left arm is turned differently than the right, if you know what I mean. The right arm is seen from straight on, while the left arm is seen from the side.
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
UpTheT said:
I'm not a Dr. but I think I'm right when it comes to NADAL and his lopsided build. The entire left side of his upper body is 2 to 3 times bigger than his right. This must be putting a strain on his spine and or entire skeleton.

What do you think People? Any doctors in the HOUSE
I remember an article about this in Tennis Magazine. It showed a photo of Jimmy Arias and his Popeye forearm. It said that having one side disproportionately overdeveloped can in fact lead to spinal and other problems. Arias said that he was on a workout regimine designed to restore balance to his musculature.
 

VictorS.

Professional
I honest don't think it's that big of a problem (popeye arm). Though one arm may be larger than the other...More Importantly, a guy like Federer I don't think will be having any problems because he probably works both sides of his back and stomach equally when he hits forehands and backhands. In a sense, his body is probably more balanced than most people's. He just happens to have a larger right arm.
 

alan-n

Professional
You also need to take into account that when your mucles are at rest, it will be smaller than it is at work with tension and blood flowing through it. My right arm at rest is about the same size, but once I pick up the racquet and start swinging (12.9oz), blood flows, muscles swell a little and yes it looks bigger than the other arm.
 

fastdunn

Legend
spirit said:
And Rod Laver was famous for his left (he was a lefty) arm being several times bigger than his right.
Right. As I know, one of his nickname was popeye.
Sampras' right arm development was often compared to that of Laver....
 
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