Hardcourts. Yep, just ask Rafa.

5 Feb

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“This surface, in my opinion, is very bad for the lower back, for the knees, for all of this.

“It makes me scared for my body for the future.”

Tennis world #2 Spain’s Raphael Nadal has admitted in a frank interview what many of us in the tennis profession have long known. Hardcourts are just that. HARD. There is no getting away from the fact hardcourts are very tough on the body and are having a significant impact on injury rates and training loads of many players, in particular juniors.

RAFA SAYS

“I’m a little bit scared about how my body gonna feel when I retire because the hardcourts like here (Melbourne Park), like the US Open, like Indian Wells, Miami are very aggressive on the body,” he said in an interview. 

Rafa’s advice – echoed by most leading tennis professionals and coaches – if at all possible shift your training “heavy” load to a clay court emphasis, and if you are practicing on hardcourts – short bursts are best, with plenty of pre and post training stretching. The injuries most common with young athletes on hardcourts are hip, back and repetitive stress injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures of the foot. Knee related injuries are common too. So keep Rafa’s advice in mind and if you are serious about your game – develop it on clay.

The PRO.

PS for more great stuff from Rafa check out his personal blog. Follow this link http://www.nadalnews.com/

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