Mount Sinai Health Beat: What You Can Do About Tennis Injuries

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Dr. Alexis C. Colvin, Health | No Comments

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Welcome to the Mount Sinai Health Beat, a feature with the official medical provider of USTA Eastern, USTA, and the US Open. This month, James Gladstone, MD, Co-Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at The Mount Sinai Hospital, talks about avoiding injuries:

For the last several years working at the US Open, I have spent much of my time caring for some of the world’s top players while marveling at their athleticism, talent, and grit. This year I also was reminded of the growing threat of injuries, as we saw an unusual number of players call for the trainer and leave the court, unable to finish the match.

If you saw any of this unfold on TV, you know it’s critical that you and your doctor do all you can to prevent injuries—just like the pros.

Whether they are tennis buffs or the pros at Flushing Meadows, I try to keep my patients playing for as long as possible, and that’s something I take great satisfaction in doing. Few other physicians have the chance to work closely with their patients as orthopedists do to achieve such a satisfying and attainable goal. The tennis enthusiasts I see may not be playing for millions of dollars in prize money. But there is a lot at stake for them, too, since tennis contributes immeasurably to their quality of life and, indeed, their mental health.

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