Does exercising and stretching help prevent injuries? According to a doctor friend of mine, the answer is NO.
I was hitting singles and talking about injured friends with Naples pro Spike Gonzales; and he observed that I would likely not get injured because I work so hard on being in shape.
Preventive or Psychological?
I try to do 20 minutes of stretching/yoga every day + do light weight training about three times a week. My belief is that you can…
• Strengthen the muscles around the joints (like the rotator cuff) and prevent injury,
• Do stomach/core exercises and help your back muscles be secure,
• And do stretching to keep the muscles and tendons as loose as possible.
But when I asked the opinion of a tennis-playing doctor friend, he said, “No. Injuries are purely genetics. If you are going to pop your Achilles, you are going to pop your Achilles.”
I would hate to think that all I do is for nothing.
What do you think? (Doctor friend, feel free to respond)
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