Sports Injuries care for

Padel Injuries

Common padel injuries

Padel is the fastest growing sport in the world with the UK seeing a 60% surge in playing numbers since 2021. This is represented with more people coming into our West London Clinic with injuries after playing Padel.

Common Padel injuries result from the sport’s high-speed, stop-start movements, demanding swift shifts in direction and repetitive actions, taxing the body’s endurance and stressing its limits. Injuries we are seeing from playing padel include:

  • Shoulder injuries of the rotator cuff
  • Elbow injuries including tennis elbow
  • Wrist injuries
  • Lower limb injuries involving the knee (patella tendinopathy), calf (achilles or strains) and foot (plantar fascia)

Padel’s dynamic nature elevates injury risks, challenging athletes’ endurance and technique. Our clinic focuses on addressing these injuries, emphasising tailored treatments to enhance biomechanics, strengthen, and prevent future injuries, ensuring athletes can excel in Padel and other activities pain-free.

How do you prevent padel injuries?

Despite its similarities to tennis, Padel has a number of differences which increases the probability of injury including:

  • Longer rallies
  • Increased number of strokes played over a game
  • Increased reliance on power from the wrist and forearm
  • Increased rotation and torsion placed on the hip and knee

The key components to reducing common injury while playing padel include:

  • Gradual progression of how often you play
  • Proper technique and form
  • Rest and recovery
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Correct padel racket for your ability

Pain relief for Padel injuries

Pain relief for Padel injuries will initially involve education and activity modification so that  continual irritation is reduced. This does not always mean that you have to stop playing padel and we aim to keep you as active as possible.

We will work with you on understanding:

  • What your problem is
  • What will make it better
  • What will make it worse
  • How long it will take to recover

We will then give you a clear strategy to reduce your pain and fully resolve your injury.

Treatment of Padel injuries

Modification of techniques / intensity / duration

With over 40 years of experience in treating clients with skeletal, tendon or muscular injuries our expert team of physiotherapists and strength coaches are dedicated to providing effective treatments of the trunk, upper and lower limb injuries.

Your initial treatment will involve a comprehensive 45 minute assessment, education on your condition, manual therapy and a targeted exercise programme to get you on your pathway to recovery.

We will go over a treatment plan indicating:

  • How long your injury will take to recover from
  • How many physiotherapy sessions you will need
  • What your role in the recovery process is
  • What our role in the recovery process is

Exercises for Padel injuries

After your 45 minute assessment we will start you on a tailored strengthening programme depending on your ability, the injury you have, its irritability and the length of time you have been suffering with it.

Our exercise programmes aim to:

  • Enhance strength
  • Address muscle imbalances
  • Aid recovery
  • Optimise running technique

Different injuries will involve different strengthening exercises as below:

  • Tendon injury such as tennis elbow > heavy slow resistance
  • Muscular injuries such as a strain or tear > through range movement exercises
  • Shoulder injuries rotator cuff > stability exercises
  • Return to playing padel > sport specific mimicking hitting the ball
  • Plyometric

When should I see a physio for my padel injury?

It’s advisable to consult a physiotherapist for a Padel injury if you experience:

  • Persistent or constant discomfort
  • Limited mobility
  • Recurring pain during or after playing
  • Pain waking you at night
  • Worsening symptoms

Timely intervention accelerates recovery, prevents further injury, and addresses underlying issues. Early physiotherapy not only speeds healing but also enhances the chances of resuming activities or training, minimising the injury’s impact on performance.

FAQs

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What is the most common padel injury?

The most common injury in Padel is tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis. It occurs due to repetitive motions, particularly the swinging of the Padel racket, leading to pain on the outer part of the elbow.

What should I not do if I have a padel injury?

If you have an injury from playing padel, it’s essential to avoid activities that exacerbate pain or strain the affected area. Refrain from continuing to play through significant discomfort, and avoid overusing the injured limb or joint. Also, steer clear of aggressive movements or actions that worsen the injury, and resist the temptation to return to playing padel before the injury has properly healed.

 

How can you prevent padel injuries?

You can prevent the risk of injuries when playing padel by warming up, refining your padel technique, strength and conditioning, using the correct padel racket for your ability, resting adequately, cross-training, and seeking expert guidance for tailored training and injury prevention programmes.

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