Tough Decision..

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by TheFuture101, May 3, 2010.

  1. TheFuture101

    TheFuture101 New User

    Jun 13, 2009
    I have been having to run 1 - 3 miles three days a week in gym class at school, and I also have tennis practice after school for 2 - 3 hours. So I had developed shin splints for the past month, and a half. They finally went away two weeks ago, but now I was left with pain whenever I pushed my left foot down. I went to the Walk-In this morning, and they diagnosed it as ankle tendinitis. I got out of gym class, but parents still want me to pursue tennis after school. I know tennis is much harder on my ankles that running, because I play more like a counter puncher :?. So.. Here is my dilemma.. I have two tennis meets this week, and a tournament on Saturday. I live in Wisconsin, so the tennis is really cramped into a two month season. My ankle really prohibits my performance in matches. Should I keep practicing or should I take a week break from tennis, and hope for it to heal over the break?!?!

    P.S. I am have regiment to do from the doctor to treat it, but it doesn't prevent pain. Advil doesn't ever touch it :cry:.
  2. albino smurf

    albino smurf Professional

    Mar 7, 2008
    In a cloud of yellow fuzz
    I'd say rest it as much as possible. Tennis has made my ankles stronger than ever, but it does wear them out after a lot of playing.
  3. autumn_leaf

    autumn_leaf Hall of Fame

    Jul 28, 2007
    Taunton, MA
    i was in a similar situation earlier this semester. a lot of running before tennis practice, just destoryed me. my calves more sore most of the time....

    i would take the break, and for your running class i would jog it, run with the slower kids.
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Rest the legs and ice the sore area for now. Play it by ear; you may be able to return to tennis soon, but test it out with a few short sessions rather than going back full time right away. Forget the running for the rest of this semester - and don't combine the running and tennis next year. You may be able to return to a less jarring exercise for you legs like cycling sooner than you can play tennis. And there is no excuse for not keeping up with your shoulder/forearm/core exercises so that you don't have yet another overuse injury soon after coming back:
    And next year prepare more for the tennis season well in advance:

    Good luck!

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