Pains arm, tendonitis and forced shutdown of activity padel. This is the worst part of beginner players who fall in love with this magnificent sport. Our Tricks to avoid the worst.
In this article, we are not going to talk about how to cure tendonitis or how to what material to use to avoid injury. What we will pass on to you is our experience. This message is therefore for you, beginners or intermediate players, who have fallen in love with the padel, and who play a large number of matches per week.
Overload. This is what we call the accumulation of a large number of hits. Obviously if you go from a sedentary lifestyle to 2 games per day, your arm will have little time to adapt to the weight of the pala, the weight of the ball at the time of impact, the pressure exerted on the handle and especially at the repetition of blows. All the ingredients will be united for a beautiful tendonitis.
So that's part of the game. Today there are plenty of gear and offers on the market to help you avoid the worst, but you also need to learn how to stretch and protect yourself to avoid injury. Know that there is also prevention through awareness.
The work of the non-dominant hand
Left hand for right-handed people, right hand for left-handed people, it is often nicknamed “the boss” because it is this which allows the pala to be placed correctly during preparation. But not that ... between each stroke, this non-dominant hand allows you to release the pressure and the weight of the pala of the dominant hand. So think first of all about recovering your pala between each stroke, in front of you, first to prepare for the next move, then to reset the defense or the attack, and lastly and above all, to relax your dominant arm.
Forcing yourself to open your hand
When practicing, try to force yourself to open your hand wide as you retrieve the pala with the non-dominant hand. This will force yourself to support the pala with the non-dominant hand, and relax your forearm muscles.
This will require you to concentrate at first, but very quickly it will become automatic. Less tension, less pressure and you will improve your game much faster.
Indeed, this relaxation will allow you over time, to access better shots, to play with more ease, but also to discover new grips of rackets, certainly more adapted to your game.
Could this be the miraculous recipe for elbow tendonitis? It's up to you to tell us.
Julien Bondia is a teacher of padel in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and players of padel. Columnist and advisor, he helps you to play better through his many tutorials padel.