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Rectus abdominis muscle strains in tennis players.

Authors
  • Maquirriain, Javier
  • Ghisi, Juan P
  • Kokalj, Antonio M
Type
Published Article
Journal
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2007
Volume
41
Issue
11
Pages
842–848
Identifiers
PMID: 17957025
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Rectus abdominis muscle strains are common and debilitating injuries among competitive tennis players. Eccentric overload, followed by forced contraction of the non-dominant rectus abdominis during the cocking phase of the service motion is the accepted injury mechanism. A tennis-specific rehabilitation program emphasising eccentrics and plyometric strengthening of the abdominal wall muscles, contributes to the complete functional recovery in tennis players, and could help reduce recurrences.

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