By Therapist Preferred | August 12, 2021
CBD for Tennis Elbow & Other Racquet Sports Injuries
Racquet sports like tennis & pickleball are extremely popular yet some of the hardest sports when it comes to the impact on your body. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or a professional player, if you play with regularity, you are prone to injury during practices and matches. CBD (cannabidiol) can be an integral part of your pre & post game routine, especially for injuries like tennis elbow.
How Tennis & Pickleball May Affect Your Body
Studies show that most racquet sport injuries occur when players overuse their muscles and/or use incorrect equipment or techniques. Only approximately one-third of the time, the strain may be due to an acute event or injury.
If you are playing a lot of tennis or pickleball, chances are you are suffering from one or more physical issues.
You can have problems like:
👉 Tennis Elbow
👉 Shoulder Injuries
👉 Stress Fractures
👉 Muscle Strains
👉 General Soreness
If you are dealing with any of these issues for an extended period of time or suffered an acute injury, it is advisable to see a doctor, physical therapist or other sports medicine professional. CBD can play a key role in your recovery and preparation for tennis and pickleball in conjunction with a treatment from a professional.
How CBD Can Help Tennis Elbow & Other Injuries?
Many people who use CBD products talk very positively about how it helps with sports recovery. Years of research suggest that CBD can help you get better over time if you suffer from injuries or chronic pain.
CBD is not psychoactive and does not get you high like the other component of the cannabis plant, (i.e., THC) so it will not impair your performance on the court. Additionally. people who suffer from injuries are often prescribed opioids or other pain relief medications that are addictive in nature. CBD is not addictive, in fact, some experts believe that it can help those that have substance addiction issues.
Here are some ways that CBD may help you if you are regularly playing tennis or pickleball which can cause injuries and physical health problems:
· Alleviating Pain
Evidence suggests that the use of CBD may alleviate some of the pain if a person is suffering from sports related injuries. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the system and may aid recovery.
· Stress Buster
While many people cite the physical benefits of CBD, there are many other advantages of using it before matches. It has been shown to help with anxiety levels.
In one study where people were tasked with public speaking, those given CBD 90 minutes prior had reduced levels of anxiety than the ones given a placebo. Scientists think this may be because CBD can act as a natural relaxant.
We all know how competitive sports can get to you mentally as we have seen in recent events, including the Olympics and Simone Biles. Even world champions in the world of tennis report having anxiety before matches. This might be the best bet if you have a similar issue as well.
· Great Performance Starts with Great Sleep
When athletes train too hard, it can create havoc on their internal clock. Many athletes report sleep problems like staying wide awake, difficulty sleeping, and not getting a peaceful sleep.
CBD can help with that. It can calm your nerves and help you get a good night’s sleep. The more rested a player, the more dangerous she/he is on the court.
· Controlling Weight
Maintaining a good weight and BMI is one of the key aspects of staying healthy for tennis & pickleball. Proper weight can help you stay quick on your feet and reduce strain on the knee and ankle joints while playing frequently.
People who take CBD report that it controls the feeling of hunger as the body may feels full for a longer period of time. This can prevent overeating after you have trained too hard or burned away too many calories.
What CBD Products Should You Use?
First, it’s important to consider the brand of CBD you use. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved CBD for use yet, so it is not highly regulated. Unfortunately some manufacturers do not sell what they advertise or make reckless and untrue claims, so always look for trusted brands that are tested for quality assurance and provide the independent lab reports.
Therapist Preferred is a premium, trusted brand founded by a doctor of physical therapy and his patient (who was recovering from shoulder & tennis elbow surgeries at the time).
If you are an active racquet sports player, here is a brief rundown on Therapist Preferred’s products (with links to more info) so you can make an informed decision on the best fit(s) for you:
For isolated pain, soreness or discomfort (think tennis elbow, calf strain, tight back), topical sports creams provide a fast-acting option. Our 400mg Sports Cream in a 4oz bottle is our most popular product while the Unscented Travel Size (1oz) is more concentrated and great for throwing in your bag when heading to the court.
We’ve written previously about the benefits of starting a daily routine especially for active individuals. We recommend either our Everyday Wellness capsules with 25mg of premium CBD or our USDA Certified Organic CBD Oil with 17mg of CBD per dropper. It really comes down to personal preference on taking a soft-gel vs a tincture- both products will be beneficial for your activities and recovery.
Our CBD Gummies are delicious and so portable. Throw 1-2 gummies in your tennis bag and take before you play to help with energy and focus. You can also take after you finish to help your body recover from the rigors of tennis or pickleball. These gummies are made with organic ingredients and have 10mg of premium CBD per gummy. They are available in two delectable flavors: Strawberry Lemonade and Green Apple.
We’ve also previously posted about the benefits of Using CBD for Better Sleep. Active people often find it difficult to unwind and settle in when it’s time for bed. Taking a CBD Softgel with Melatonin for Sleep around 30 minutes before bed can give you the boost you need for a more restful sleep. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your next match!
And finally, we offer several bundles that can help keep you in peak condition for all the time you are spending on the tennis and pickleball courts. Take a look at our Sports Recovery, Sleep Better & Best Seller bundles for a convenient way to stock up on Therapist Preferred CBD products.