Racquet sports (tennis, racquetball, squash, badminton, and paddle tennis) are sports of speed and agility and involve athletes of all ages.

As in many sports, the risk of injury increases with age due to the style of play, contact forces, and size of athletes. However, the risk of injuries can be reduced.

The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about how to choose a racquet and prevent racquet sports injuries. Also included is an overview of common injuries and treatment.

Racquet choice can affect an athlete's performance. The appropriate head and handgrip size are important. Athletes may need to test out different string tensions before deciding what is right for them.

Shoulder injuries result from too many serves or overheads in a short period. The result is that the muscle fatigues and then doesn't function properly. Treatment consists of strengthening the muscles that support the shoulder....

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