#TennisMedicine – there’s more than meets the eye!


By Steffan Griffin @SteffanGriffin

It has been another big year for tennis, and for British Tennis in particular with further successes in the Fed Cup and a number of exciting juniors making an impact on the world stage. In the run up to Wimbledon, we thought we’d catch up with some of the practitioners tasked with not only caring for these athletes, but responsible for the medical provision at some of the biggest sporting events in the international calendar.

This week, we hear from Dr Jo Larkin and Dr Wing Chu. Jo is a Sport & Exercise Medicine consultant and Lead Doctor for British Tennis, with Wing an SEM registrar and qualified GP who works with Jo at the Lawn Tennis Association. In this podcast, you can hear about everything from the challenges of working in tennis, to some of the often under-appreciated public health benefits linked to the sport.

You’ll hear about:

  • Patients needing advice & input across multiple continents at the same time
  • Policy-making as well as ‘pitch-side’ care
  • Population health – what role does tennis have?

Do you know someone who could benefit from a healthier heart, reduced stress and a leaner body? Or, does this sound like a personal target for you? We implore the #SEM community to share the podcast, infographics, papers and animations widely in order to try and spread the knowledge not only of #TennisMedicine, but tennis AS medicine.

Seminal Papers

Health Benefits of tennis infographic: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/3/201

Health Benefits of tennis paper (FREE): https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/41/11/760   

On BJSM’s YouTube channel:

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