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Sophie Tucker at Wimbledon

Sophie Tucker at Wimbledon 2017

Posted on July 20th, 2017

In the past two weeks, millions of people from all over the world flocked to SW19 for this year’s Wimbledon Tournament. It’s been an exciting few weeks, with Johanna Konta securing 4th position in the Women’s rankings and Roger Federer winning his eighth title. Our own Sophie Tucker witnessed some of the action in the stands.

The players this year, had an extra week to reduce the physical stress in between the clay courts at the French Open and the grass at Wimbledon. This part of the tennis season can be particularly stressful, mentally and physically. With two grand slams and lots of ATP and WTA tournaments in a six week period, it can have an impact on the players.

Which is why recovery and physiotherapy/massage therapy is key to injury prevention. With the French Open being on the clay, switching to grass courts can have an effect on the stresses placed through the whole body, especially the knee joint. The physios within the players’ teams use all their resources, experiences and skills. This is necessary, to ensure the players can cope with an increase in demands and perform at their very best.

Physiotherapists have a key role in recovery, warm ups and ensuring the players can perform at their optimum throughout the tournament. During this time, the players will potentially have to play two 5 set matches within two days. Ice baths, post training and match massages, as well as stretching/yoga regimes are performed on a regular basis. The prevention of injury is also a key aspect of a physiotherapist’s role within tennis, with the use of prehab exercises and taping being very common.

Sophie Tucker is not only a physio and soft tissue therapist, she is also an athlete herself, playing in the summer and winter leagues for Bramhall Queensgate Club.

Sophie is the best placed person, if you are currently training or are looking to take up tennis. For further information, do get in touch: info@harrisandross.co.uk or 0161 832 9000.

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