Tape it up for tennis!
By Kinesio UK | 31 May 2018

With the 126th French Open, or Roland Garros, taking place from May 21st to 10th June we are looking at the history of one of the major events that make up the annual Grand Slam of tennis. We're also focusing on one of the most frequent tennis injuries - Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).

The first French national championships were held in 1891 at the Stade Franšais, as a men's interclub competition. In 1897 women's singles matches were added. In 1968 the tournament was opened to professional as well as amateur players, alongside a number of the most established championships. The competition moved in 1928 to the Stade Roland-Garros, which contains clay courts.

Winners since 2010-

  • 2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain) F. Schiavone (Italy)
  • 2011 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Na Li (China)
  • 2012 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Maria Sharapova (Russia)
  • 2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Serena Williams (U.S.)
  • 2014 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Maria Sharapova (Russia)
  • 2015 Stan Wawrinka (Switz.) Serena Williams (U.S.)
  • 2016 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Garbi˝e Muguruza (Spain)
  • 2017 Rafael Nadal (Spain) Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)

...who will take the title in 2018?

Suffering from a knee, shoulder, elbow, or wrist injury from playing tennis? Tennis injuries are generally defined as either cumulative, meaning they occur from overuse - or acute, resulting from a trauma. Tennis Elbow is the common name describing the condition Lateral Epicondylitis, or inflammation of the outside portion of the elbow often resulting in soreness and tenderness.

It is usually caused by overusing the muscles attached to your elbow and to straighten your wrist. If the muscles and tendons are strained, tiny tears and inflammation can develop. As the name suggests, tennis elbow is sometimes caused by playing tennis. However, it is often caused by other activities that place repeated stress on the elbow joint.

With Lateral Epicondylitis you may notice pain:

  • on the outside of your upper forearm, just below your elbow
  • when lifting or bending your arm
  • when gripping objects
  • when twisting your forearm, such as turning a handle

Using Kinesio tape for tennis elbow may require a second person to help you apply it! However, it's a great way to give support to the elbow while allowing full movement and it can provide the support needed to help you get back to full fitness.

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