If you’re in a tennis court situation where you need to stay awake for hours to keep your feet warm and your back from cramping, you might consider getting a physiotherapeutic coach.
Physiotherapist Carolyn Corner has a background in exercise science, which led her to become a tennis physiotherapper, where she provides physiotherapy and other physical support to tennis players.
She’s now the head of physiotherapy at the Melbourne Tennis Association.
She says that tennis players are often reluctant to go to the gym because of the expense, but that’s not to say that physiotherapy is a bad thing.
“They’re not always the best athletes in terms of injury risk,” she says.
“But there are other things that are going to be very helpful in terms and prevention of injury.”
For example, if you’re having trouble getting back to the court, there are a few things that physiotherapy can do to help you get back to that game.
Carolyn says tennis physiotherapy can also be useful in reducing the chance of you injuring yourself in a training session.
“There are physiotherapsists that are highly trained in the use of exercise machines, and if you need assistance to get back on the court for that, that’s a really good way to go about it,” she explains.
“That can be quite a good help, as well as giving you a massage to get some of the extra strength and energy you need.”
If you’re a tennis player who’s just starting out and want to find a physiotherapy coach, you’ll need to be willing to spend some time on the phone to find one.
“There are a lot of physiotherapplicants out there, but I wouldn’t recommend going to someone that doesn’t have an experience in that area,” she advises.
If you need advice on a physitherapist, you can contact the Victorian Tennis Association’s physiotherapy department on 13 04 10 14.
You can also contact the Victoria Tennis Association physiotherapy team on 1300 646 438, and they’ll be happy to discuss physiotherapy.