Table tennis injuries can be surprisingly serious for a game that looks so gentle. However, dig a little deeper and it’s easy to see why table tennis players go to great lengths to avoid injury.
How are table tennis injuries caused?
The frenetic pace of table tennis is the number one cause of table tennis injuries. Players lunge from one side to the other, mixing giant strides with hurried quicksteps. The sudden movements can cause injuries themselves, or lead to a slip or fall that results in an injury.
What are some of the most common table tennis injuries?
- Muscle injuries
Top of the list of tennis injuries are muscular pulls, strains and even tears. The aforementioned leaps and lunges that make up table tennis put the muscles under enormous stress. Leg muscles are particularly vulnerable to table tennis injuries. It doesn’t take much for a hamstring or groin to twang and end your game in a disappointing, and painful, manner.
- Bumps and bruises
Table tennis players are more vulnerable to trips and falls than perhaps any other athletes. Small quick movements, sudden changes of direction and desperate lunges are all recipes for disaster. Of course, table tennis is not played on grass. The hard surface of indoor sports halls are unforgiving when it comes to trips and falls. Impact with them will usually result in a painful bruise.
- Joint sprains
The sudden changes of direction mentioned above also put table tennis players at risks of joint sprains. Ankles are by far the most vulnerable joint. Rolled ankles are one of the most common causes of table tennis injuries.
How can table tennis injuries be avoided?
- Warm up: Warming up before any sporting activity is vital to avoiding injuries. Table tennis is no different. Muscles should be thoroughly stretched and joints comprehensively rotated.
- Prepare the area: The area surrounding the table should be completely clear of any potential trip or fall hazards. During the game, your eye is on the ball, not the floor. So make sure it’s clear.
- Wear the right gear: Sports shorts and t-shirts, as well as trainers with good grip, are essential for avoiding table tennis injuries.
Making a sports accident claim
If you are injured playing sport in an incident that wasn’t your fault, bear in mind you may be due sports injury compensation.
For more information, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Dial 0800 689 5659.