Prevention and treatment of foot and ankle in children who plays tennis.

These are glory days for women’s tennis. Once in a lifetime days.

I’m sure that many of your sons and daughters will be at least intrigued by this sport and this makes me happy.

Tennis is a great sport; intense and challenging workouts offer several benefits for the foot and ankle of your children. Changes of direction, stops, accelerations, jumps, slides, all to the benefit of the ankle.

If you think it might be strange to say that tennis is a complete sport – since has always been accused of creating imbalances in young athletes who play it – here following the opinion and experience of a wise colleague who has experienced in his own home the false belief I just told you about. I hope that the story of his experience might be enlightening for many of you.

“My name is Giuseppe and I’m a doctor, a dentist., always committed to the study and treatment of mouth problems. Issues that might have an impact on the posture of the children and adults.

I’m also a grandfather myself and these days I’ve been (kindly) arguing with my daughter (a doctor too) and her pediatrician. Talking of this and that, I took the liberty to suggest tennis (which I’ve always been fond of) as a future sport for my granddaughter.

My advice was rejected at once. They all agreed… Tennis? Such an asymmetrical sport!

You can imagine my disappointment. Not so much for the refusal, but because I realized that people often pontificate about things they know nothing about.”

It is so! Apprehensive mothers and misinformed pediatricians often prevent children to try and/or play a complete sport.

Modern tennis, recommended for children ages 6 and up, includes training phases that starts with “mini” versions, structured in relation to the particular psychophysical state of the child.

“Mini-tennis”, indeed, is played on smaller child-friendly courts, with lower nets, mini rackets and depressurized balls (from six to eight years, their speed is equal to half of that achieved by regular balls used by the adults, while between eight and ten years is less than twenty-five percent).

Children, in the early stages of learning, do only group trainings; they alternate games to tests of overall motor activity such as: jumps, runs, changes of direction, rolling over, balance games to realign the symmetry of the body.

During the second phase, children play by alternating the use of hands, without being asked to make any “technical” movements. Indeed, they are encouraged to hit as many balls as possible by avoiding downtime, this to ensure their full enjoyment.

It’s only with time that children will develop more and more coordination and perception skills and also technical, tactical and strategic skills.

I hope that my humble and brief summary might be useful to understand even more that the game of tennis is not only good for children, it is even advisable to increase their motor skills because it’s rich in manual skill, agility, dexterity, coordination and concentration abilities.

So allow your children to play tennis with no worries and take care in choosing the right school and the right teacher.”