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Old 01-25-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Default Playing with a sprain .. risky?

Yesterday I had a little accident with the net when trying to chase down a drop shot and I sprained my right ankle (slight) and wrist. I'm supposed to have an hour of coaching tomorrow and then a match on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and then another coaching session next Saturday. I'm a bit sore but having only taken up tennis 6 months ago (already missed a month with strained knee ligaments) I'm in better shape than ever and want to stay on a role if I can.

So basically I'm asking how much of risk it would be play with a sprain? Have any of you played with a sprain etc etc. Neither sprain is bad AFAIK and I'm thinking I'll be grand by Monday so basically I'm just mulling over whether to go to the coaching session tomorrow. Any advice would be handy

I'm guessing that it's too big a (stupid) risk and I'd be better off resting tomorrow and that reading this has been a waste of your time (sorry), but I missed my last coaching session to watch the Hewitt-Baghdatis match and I'd rather play again tomorrow as long as there is no real level of injury risk involved.
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Old 01-25-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Playing with a sprain .. risky?

Do you have one of those aircast/softcast ankle braces? I played with one for one month recovering from ankle sprain (starting two days after the injury). No problem at all.

About the wrist, well, I wouldn't recommend, but I can't give you any kind of report.
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Default Re: Playing with a sprain .. risky?

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately I've got no ankle brace. I'll probably just show up for training and ask the coach's advice. I'll try to get an ankle brace for next week, hopefully there is good wrist protection as well, don't want to end up missing months.
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Just take care with ligament injuries, they're the worst.
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: Playing with a sprain .. risky?

i'm sprained one of my ankles at least 3 times whilst playing and continued playing. however, i wouldnt recommend playing without some kind of support
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Default Re: Playing with a sprain .. risky?

I got through an hour of coaching and then an hour+ set of tennis (lost 7-6 {7-1} ) without any real ill effects, don't think it has slowed my recovery rate much. I'll still get some support before my next match to be safe.
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