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Avoiding Tennis Injury | 5 Tips from the US Open Medical Team

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 As the sports world shifts its focus to tennis this week with the start of the US Open, sports medicine doctors from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are preparing to provide medical coverage to the biggest tennis stars in the world. You don’t have to be Serena Williams or Roger Federer to enjoy tennis of course. The sport is great for athletes of any age who want to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.  
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Here are some tips from the doctors who work as the official medical providers for the US Open on how players at any age or experience level can avoid injury:

Injuries to a player’s back, hip, shoulder, knee and elbow can result from a lack of flexibility, so it is important to warm up with dynamic stretching and light aerobic exercise.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.

Overuse injuries in tennis are common. To avoid these types of injuries, be sure to allow for adequate rest and recovery time.

“Tennis elbow” is a common overuse injury that can be caused by poor form such as improper stroke technique or an incorrect racket grip.

When playing outdoors and under the sun, be sure to regularly reapply sunscreen. Applying once won’t be enough, as players will sweat it off over the course of a match.

Good read: Pro Tennis Must Address the Injury Epidemic

Below are the doctors who will be providing medical care for players at the Open:

Dr. Alexis Colvin is the Chief Medical Officer for the United States Tennis Association, the team physician for the US Women’s Fed Cup team, and serves as a physician at the U.S. Open. Dr. Colvin has also served as a physician at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

Dr. Leesa Galatz is the system-wide chairperson of orthopaedic surgery at Mount Sinai. As chair of the department of orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai she is the first female chair of an academic orthopaedics department in the country and is one of only 55 orthopaedic surgeons ever to receive a research grant from the National Institutes of Health.  

Dr. James Gladstone is the Medical Advisor to the US Men’s Davis Cup tennis team, and is an orthopaedic consultant to the US Open tennis tournament and the orthopaedic consultant to the NFL Officials. 

Dr. Melissa Leber is the Director of Emergency Department Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital and Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital, has worked as an International Rugby Board (IRB) Tournament Physician and for USA Rugby. She also works as a finish line physician for the New York City Marathon, Half Marathon and Triathlon. 

Dr. Shawn Anthony is a sports medicine fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Dr. Anthony has provided medical coverage for the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls.

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