Tennis Injuries of the Hip and Thigh

  • Ioonna Félix
  • Pete Draovitch
  • Todd S. Ellenbecker
  • Joshua DinesEmail author


Injuries to the hip and thigh in the elite tennis player are common and deserve great attention from both an injury prevention and rehabilitation standpoint. The modern game of tennis imparts repetitive stresses to the hip complex through multidirectional repetitive movement patterns required for successful elite-level performance. An average point in tennis requires 4.2 directional changes and requires maximal level exertion and sprinting speeds over short- to mid-range distances [1]. Pluim et al. [2] published a review of epidemiological studies in tennis players. Their review found 10 of 13 epidemiological studies reporting a greater number of lower extremity injuries than in the upper extremity. Four of six of the studies comparing acute versus chronic injuries reported greater incidence of acute injuries in the lower extremity in tennis players. Additionally injuries to the trunk and core accounted for a range of 5–25% of all tennis injuries. This chapter will show the interplay and kinetic chain dependence of evaluation and treatment of hip injuries indicating the need for core stability evaluation and treatment technique utilization in the management of hip and thigh injuries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioonna Félix
    • 1
  • Pete Draovitch
    • 2
  • Todd S. Ellenbecker
    • 3
    • 4
  • Joshua Dines
    • 1
    • 5
    • 6
    Email author
  1. 1.Sports Medicine and Shoulder ServiceHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Rehab Plus Sports Therapy ScottsdaleScottsdaleUSA
  4. 4.Medical Services ATP World TourScottsdaleUSA
  5. 5.Orthopedic SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Aspetar Sports Medicine HospitalDohaQatar

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