Dr. Alexis Colvin talks to CBS News about injury prevention

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Dr. Alexis C. Colvin, Health, US Open | No Comments

Everyone’s talking tennis, now that the US Open Tennis Championships is in full swing.

The Aug. 26 tournament, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, brings world-class athletes to New York City to compete in one the sport’s major grand slam events. While most people at the tournament will be watching to see who wins, one doctor will be sitting on the sidelines making sure nobody gets injured.

Dr. Alexis Colvin is a surgeon and assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, serves as chief medical officer for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the US Open tournament.

Colvin explains that world-class, well-trained tennis pros suffer the same injuries as amateur players.That’s because unlike high-impact sports like football or hockey that can derail a career early, tennis players often play throughout their lives.

“What this does mean, however, is that the injuries tend to be overuse injuries,” said Colvin.

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