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Injury and illness surveillance in tennis: an evolving process
  1. Todd S Ellenbecker1⇑,
  2. Kathleen Stroia2
  1. 1Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) & Select Physical Therapy, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  2. 2Women's Tennis Association, St Petersburg, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Todd S Ellenbecker, Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic, 9917 N. 95th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA; tellenbecker{at}atpworldtour.com

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Despite the remarkable history and long-standing popularity of tennis, the sport is under-represented in medical and scientific epidemiological injury and illness research. Hence, the importance of new seminal data and analysis from the world’s highest level grass court tennis championship over a 10-year period.1

Prior studies have identified the one truly conclusive finding among elite-level tennis players across surfaces, sexes and elite playing levels: upper extremity and trunk injuries result from overuse and chronic repetitive insults to the body, whereas lower body injuries are generally acute.2–7 We also know that illness is prevalent in both elite junior3 and professional tennis players.4 The recent British Journal of Sports and Medicine paper study1 from the grass courts of Wimbledon underscores and extends prior findings. Using a new denominator to report injury and illness based per 100 sets (rather than per 1000 hours as is often used), the Wimbledon study provides detailed data …

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