Today was my first time hitting balls on the court, 16 days after detaching my biceps tendon. And contrary to my natural tendencies, I am following the excellent advice of my good friend and professional trainer, Larry Starr.
“George, my basic advice for return to active goes like this:
• Pain free on normal activities – getting dressed, sleeping, picking up daily items;
• Full range of motion without pain;
• Regain of at least 80% of strength.
When those three criteria are reached, begin a progressive return to play over several days. The progression should be …
1) Shadow swinging of the racket;
2) Hitting off the wall;
3) Hitting off a ball machine or someone who can feed you balls well;
4) Light hitting with someone who has fairly good ball control;
4) Maybe a fun or simulated match;
5) If all goes well from the above, return to play!
As for the time frame, it depends on how quickly to accomplish each step without pain or setbacks. Knowing you and your high level of fitness, that could be very quickly. Although it may seem like baby steps, it is the best way to avoid any re-injury or causing chronic pain/soreness.
I hope this helps. Good luck,”
Larry M. Starr, Ed.D, ATC, LAT, CSCS, USPTA
President – Starr Athletic Solutions, LLC
I started the process last Saturday (11 days after the injury!), completed step #3 today (with Bob Wilkie and the ball machine) and will move to step #4 on Monday. No pain at all! Thanks to the great advice from Larry.
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