Tennis For health : Tennis is a sport for everyone at all ages

Do you know why tennis is still considered a dangerous sport and is it really?
It all depends on what is meant by dangerous. It is a sport that can be considered “traumatic”, but certainly not dangerous. It does not seem to me that this is a risky sport with regard to insurance, for example. Shocks and impacts during intense play can be problematic when you already have osteoarticular disorders, but the particularity of being able to play on different surfaces limits this problem. In my opinion, tennis is really a sport for all and for all ages.

Is the dangerousness of a sport quantifiable? Is not this simply the consequence of the form of practice put in place by the athlete, the competitor? We think here of the quality of the physical preparation to practice a sport …
Some sports are said to be “at risk” or dangerous, because the physical integrity of the practitioner is directly challenged by the practice, possibly until death. There are two kinds of activities in this case. First, extreme sports (they are also prohibited for certain professions). This can be explained in particular by the strong influence of the environmental factor (the wind for a kitesurfer, the cold, etc.) or a speed requirement as in motorsports. Then there are percussion sports (combat sports, rugby, etc.). These are at risk by definition. In general, whatever the sport, it is obvious that you must know its physiological limits to avoid putting yourself in danger. In France, the minimum required is the completion of a medical visit to gain access to club practice. The idea is to do a stress test to limit the risk of asymptomatic heart disease. There have been many accidents in recent years in football and track and field in under 18 years. This does not happen only to others … Moreover, the practice in “safety” is also the common sense of the sportsman: practice in thermal conditions, hydration, sleep, and nutrition adapted. To finish, to know oneself is the key. This is particularly the case for his physical abilities, not to see himself “too good”. For this, there are centers of expertise of sport that offer physical assessments. At ESP, we even offer specific reports according to sports. The starting point is: ” Know thyself. ”
Among all disciplines, where is tennis in terms of health benefits? Is a ranking possible? 
It is difficult to rank. The global health recommendations advocate walking (at least three times 30 minutes a week), as it is easily accessible to everyone. However, the limits of this activity are more and more demonstrated by scientists. With regard to tennis, a recent study (2014), published in the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine, has shown that tennis can be better for cardiovascular health than conventional endurance sports.

“Playing three times a week reduces the risk of heart disease by 56%”

Tennis is often singled out for its traumatic aspect. Is it related to the game itself or the materials used (rackets, surfaces, shoes)?
Tennis is indeed cited for the trauma generated. Whether they are related to a technical gap, a bad choice of equipment or practice on an unsuitable surface. The good news is that many recent studies have shown that the benefit/risk ratio is very much in favor of tennis. Better yet, what is often blamed is actually an asset. As a recent scientific article explains, shocks to changes in direction can strengthen bones. High-intensity intermittent activity strengthens the cardiovascular system, much better than many other sports. Playing three times a week reduces the risk of heart disease by 56%. Explosive actions strengthen muscles,
If tomorrow a parent comes to ask you for advice on the practice of a sport for his child, what will be your answer? 
(Laughs.) This question has been asked so many times! Before being a doctor of physiology and director of the ESP research center, I was a tennis teacher for ten years and I always replied: “The sport in which your child has the most fun. “But with mischief, I would insist that scientific work has shown that young tennis players have better grades in school than their peers. It makes a small difference, does not it? (Laughs.)
Consulting, what is it?
we also intervene in the case where an athlete has a health problem. We then propose multidisciplinary medical assessments and a study of its material to understand where the problem comes from and thus propose specific solutions. Our clients can be both professional athletes and amateur practitioners. Regarding tennis, for example, we accompany all the hopes of the PACA tennis league, both biomedical monitoring and physical preparation.


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