Rehabilitation of the Shoulder in Tennis Players

  • Todd S. EllenbeckerEmail author
  • Ann Cools


In epidemiologic studies of elite tennis players, the shoulder is frequently cited as one of the most often injured regions from high-level repetitive tennis play [1]. Ellenbecker et al. [2] reviewed many epidemiologic studies and reported high incidences (4–24%) of shoulder pain among elite players. Additionally, Kovacs et al. [3] surveyed 861 elite junior tennis players regarding their injury history. Shoulder pain was second only to lower back injury among the elite male and female players in their study. On the ATP World Tour, the evaluation and treatment of shoulder injury again are second only to spinal pathology in elite professional male players in injury frequency. Of the diagnoses commonly encountered in male professional players, rotator cuff impingement and tendonitis are most frequently reported. These studies identify the shoulder as a common site of injury and highlight the need for both rehabilitation and treatment programs as well as prevention programs for the shoulder.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ATP World Tour and Rehab Plus Sports TherapyScottsdaleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Institute of Sports Medicine, Bispebjerg HospitalUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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