Table tennis is a fast-paced and physically demanding sport that requires quick reflexes, repetitive arm movements, and rapid changes in direction.
What We Treat
While table tennis is generally a low-impact sport, players can still experience certain injuries and here at Achieve Health we have great experience helping with all. Some common injuries that table tennis players may suffer from include:
Table Tennis players are more likely to sustain shoulder problems like rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, and shoulder instability. Through a mix of exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers, manual treatment techniques to increase joint mobility, and posture correction, physiotherapy can assist manage these issues. In order to avoid overuse and tension on the shoulder joint, physiotherapists can also offer advice on optimal stroke technique and changes.
Due to the repetitive arm motions required to grasp the paddle and execute shots, table tennis players are susceptible to elbow injuries, notably medial epicondylitis ( known as golfer’s elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (often known as tennis elbow). Forearm stretching and strengthening exercises, manual therapy techniques to alleviate discomfort and inflammation, and instruction on appropriate equipment selection and technique adjustment are all possible interventions we provide.
Wrist and Hand Injuries:
Players of table tennis may sustain wrist and hand problems, such as tendinitis, sprains, and strains. The impact of ball contact as well as repetitive wrist movements can cause these problems. Through exercises, manual treatment, taping, and splinting procedures, physiotherapy can help with pain management, improving wrist and hand strength and flexibility, and promoting optimal biomechanics.
Back injuries can result from the repetitive bending, twisting, and turning movements required by table tennis. These injuries could be anything from strained muscles to disc-related problems. Through exercises, manual therapy, and postural correction, physiotherapy can aid with pain relief, healing, posture improvement, and core muscle strengthening. Additionally, back injuries can be avoided by receiving information on optimal body mechanics and ergonomic modifications.
How We Can Help!
Physiotherapy plays a vital role in the management and rehabilitation of these injuries in table tennis players.
Pain management, exercise therapy, manual therapy, modalities including shockwave therapy, and education on injury prevention and technique change are all possible treatment techniques. Table tennis players can receive individualised care to encourage healing, restore function, and improve their performance on the table by collaborating closely with Achieve Health.