Tennis can be a brutal sport for all parts of your body head-to-toe including feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, arms, and wrists.  Tennis clinics, lessons, and both singles and doubles matches can lead to all kinds of conditions like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis) (jumper’s knee), tennis elbow, and rotator cuff tears.  It is critical that players of all ages and abilities pro-actively look after their bodies every day.  To help, let’s examine the best 8 general tennis recovery products.

Foam Roller

Price: $23.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: Amazon Basics
Size: 36in long (91.4cm) x 6in diameter (15.2cm)

These days foam rollers come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and forms. If you only have one tennis recovery product at home, then make it a large high-density foam roller which can be purchased for only $23.00. These lightweight 36-inch foam rollers are easy to use and clean. Use for balance, strengthening, flexibility, and rehab exercises on your legs, hips, and back.

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Roll Recovery R8

Price: $129.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: Roll Recovery
Size: 12.5in (31.8cm) x 9.5in (24.1cm) x 2.5in (6.4cm)

The new R8 deep tissue massage roller has an improved spring configuration and design, soft-touch handles and interchangeable R8-Inserts for a customizable feel. The R8 delivers a unique massage through its patented technology that self-adjusts for different body sizes including IT-bands, quads, hamstrings, calves, shins, gluteus, arms and more. It takes the work out of rolling your body and is compact enough to take anywhere. A great addition to your recovery tools.

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Theraband Roller Massager+

Price: $23.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: Theraband
Size: 19in long when extended (48.3cm), 12in (xxcm) long when retracted.

This very portable TheraBand Roller Massager can collapse to easily fit into any tennis bag for on the go self-massage. The ridged design grips the tissue for effective relief of tight and sore muscles. Use as a pre-workout warm-up and post-workout recovery on areas like hamstring, quad and calf muscles.

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Lacrosse Ball

Price: $10.00 (Typically for two)
Manufactured by: Kieba
Size: 2.5in diameter (6.4cm)

Lacrosse balls are excellent at helping with self myofascial release that eliminates muscle knots and tension from ‘trigger points’. Simply lean on the massage ball and use your own body weight and gravity to relieve muscle knots and tension. They are great for use while laying on the floor for legs, back or hips. They are excellent against a wall for hard to reach places in your lower and upper back or into your hips. Lacrosse balls are made from 100% solid rubber and are easy to bring pop into your tennis bag.

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Stretch Out Strap

Price: $16.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: OPTP
Size: 76in long (193cm)

Made in the USA, the Stretch Out Strap is 100% nylon and was the first stretching strap on the market in 1993 and comes with an instructional book. The 6ft 4in woven nylon strap is long-lasting and versatile. It has 10 individual loops that can be used during warmup and (especially) post-exercise for tennis players. The strap allows you to perform unassisted stretches with much greater control to avoid over-stretching and injury. This strap is a top choice of physical therapists and athletic trainers for safe, effective stretches that promote greater flexibility, improved range of motion and enhanced muscle recovery.

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FlexBar Resistance Bar

Price: $15.00-$25.00 (Typically)
Manufactured by: Theraband
Size: 12in long (30.5cm) x 1.5in diameters (3.8cm)

The TheraBand FlexBar is a durable, high-quality tool to help improve grip strength in the arm, hand, and shoulder. Use daily for an issue with tennis elbow to eliminate pain and provide an effective, non-surgical option to increase your strength and endurance. They have different color-coded resistance levels: Yellow (6lbs. of force), red (10 lbs. of force), green (15 lbs. of force), or blue (25 lbs. of force).

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The Original Worm

Price: $24.00 – $32.00(Typically)
Manufactured by: The Original Worm
Size: 9.5in long (24.1cm) x 2.75in (7cm) wide for small, 10.5in (26.7cm) x 3in (7.6cm) wide for large

The Worm massaging roller helps provide trigger point release to combat stiffness, pain and stress in muscles and joints. The Worm can be an effective recovery aid after tennis and is easily portable in your tennis bag. The Worm comes in two sizes and is made of solid rubber balls encased in a durable, hand washable neoprene covering. The design molds to your body’s contours and is a great addition to other massagers like foam rollers. useful to target back, glutes, hips, feet, legs, arm, calves and shins. Gets recommended by Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists.

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Hand Exerciser

Price: $9.00 – $33.00(Typically)
Manufactured by: Theraband
Size: 2in diameter (5.1cm) for standard, 2in (5.1cm) wide and 3.5in (8.9cm) long for XL

TheraBand Hand Exercisers are designed to strengthen the hands. wrists, and forearms. They are available in Standard and XL sizes as well as five progression levels that can be stretched, squeezed, and pinched while maintaining shape to strengthen grip, increase dexterity, and improve mobility. Training with TheraBand Hand Exercisers is beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis, overuse injury, or tennis players because of the extensive use of the hands, wrists, and forearms. The Hand Exercisor can be heated or cooled to provide therapeutic relief while performing an exercise.

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November 16, 2018