Sinner and back pain, how is Jannik? What does the doctor say

The blue and the discomfort suffered in the match with Rune. The specialist: “Common problem in tennis”

Tennis and back pain a combination, unfortunately, very frequent. When Jannik Sinner yesterday during the match with Holger Rune, which he later won, at the ATP Finals in Turin he touched his lower back with his hand, a shiver went through Italy from North to South. But it was Sinner himself who clarified that there was and is no problem, he spoke of “tension”. However, “the prevalence of low back pain varies from 54 to 86% in elite tennis players”, according to recent studies. Back pain is therefore one of the riskiest physical problems of professional tennis players who spend hours and hours on the court.

But the question everyone is asking right now is whether this wake-up call can be repeated in view of Saturday’s semi-final. “It’s difficult to say. Probably when he talks about tension he is referring to the mental effort he had to make to beat Djokovic for the first time, this at least in part can influence the athletic gesture and the state of muscular contraction. In general, low back pain is a complex and multifactorial condition with biological, psychological and social risk factors”, explains Andrea Bernetti, doctor specialized in Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine and vice-president of Simfer, the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine, to Adnkronos Salute.

The repetitive, ballistic trunk movements required in tennis induce mechanical stress that may contribute to low back pain – warns the expert -. Some studies have reported that muscular (lumbar lateral flexion forces contralateral to the dominant arm) and kinematic (movement of the pelvis during the serve) parameters differ between players with and without a history of low back pain, suggesting that mechanical factors may contribute to the pain lumbar in young elite tennis players. A neuromuscular imbalance of the erector spinae has also been reported (measured with surface electromyography) in tennis players with low back pain compared to asymptomatic players”. It is therefore difficult to make predictions, even if Sinner himself reassured, and “I hope he doesn’t have problems and that he can win”, concludes Vice President Simfer.