Wrist Injuries & Proper Stroke Technique
Published: 26 Apr 2007 - 02:41 by allymcteo
Updated: 24 Sep 2008 - 16:22
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I've been playing for about a month now and just recent suffered what feels like a sprained wrist, and I'm just wondering if it's because I'm hitting the ball with an incorrect stroke.
I've looked at several websites on proper stroke technique but I keep getting conflicting opinions.
One site said: " Wrist cocked - i.e racquet and forearm should form a 90 degree angle with wrist turned as far back as possible towards your body. When you swing, you 'release' the wrist so that it ends up pointing away from your body in the follow through."
Another site said: " So stroke the ball, and keep that wrist rigid. IE DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, snap the wrist. We are not playing badminton here. Keep the wrist as stiff as a board, and use your back swing, early racket prep, and follow through to get the power in the shot."
Is it just me...or is "cocking the wrist and the releasing" the same as "snapping the wrist"?
Anyway, I looked up squash injuries and apparently it's common for squash players to have wrist injuries: "Racquetball and squash require a snapping motion of the wrist, so tendons and ligaments of the wrist are frequently injured. Squash players are prone to bursitis and tears in the fibrocartilage tissues of the wrist resulting in pain in the outside of the wrist."
I just wanna know if anyone out there can give me some advice on how I should be hitting the ball and what sort of treatment is there to help speed up recovery? And are there wrist guards I can wear or something that I can do to avoid wrist injuries in the future?
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