The physical trainer Jorge Rodríguez tells us about injury the most common that can be found among pade playersl. What are the causes ? He tells us everything.
Are you a padel player and have you never been injured? Good for you because padel is a demanding sport with joints, muscles, mind… Which could, if you don't take care of yourself, put you off track for a long time in the event of an injury.
Juan Lebron's physical coach Jorge Rodríguez has classified these injuries so that we can better understand:
- Accidental injuries : these are the most common and frequent. Walking on a ball, being shot in the body, hitting yourself against the glass or the grill, or hitting yourself with the pala are the most common injuries. They are generally not serious and their recovery is rapid or even very rapid in trained players.
- Overload injury : focused on muscles, joints or ligaments, this injury appears during intense matches or during an accumulation of matches over a short time.
- Injury due to lack of technique : Performing padel strokes repeatedly and with an unsuitable technique can cause injuries. This is what padel lessons are for. The most frequent injuries are tennis elbow or shoulder injuries in players who want to hit very powerful smashes… without technique.
- Injury due to poor heating : this one is very frequent. What are 5 minutes in a padel match to warm up properly? nothing. So take the time to get your body into heat and you will avoid contractures or serious injuries from your first acceleration.
- Climate injury : it's cold, humid, you want to play, and suddenly you see a clearing. You run fast on the track and want to enjoy every moment. Except that the track is not in condition. You can slip or simply injure yourself with the weight of the balls which increases with the humidity. Sometimes you have to know how to be wise.
- A poor diet or dehydration : you have a game in the morning or you simply forgot your bottle of water. You step onto the track, the game becomes interesting and intense, and you start to feel dizzy or cramped. Be careful because if you continue to play under these conditions, you could make the case worse and actually injure yourself.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very popular with clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.