CBSNews.com - US Open Tennis Doc Explains Injury Prevention
Everyone's talking tennis, now that the US Open Tennis Championships is in full swing. The tournament, held in Flushing Meadows, Queens, brings world-class athletes to New York City to compete in one the sport's major grand slam events. While most people at the tournament will be watching to see who wins, one doctor will be sitting on the sidelines making sure nobody gets injured. Alexis Colvin, MD, is a surgeon and assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine, serves as chief medical officer for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the US Open tournament. Dr. Colvin explains that world-class, well-trained tennis pros suffer the same injuries as amateur players. That's because unlike high-impact sports like football or hockey that can derail a career early, tennis players often play throughout their lives. "What this does mean, however, is that the injuries tend to be overuse injuries," said Dr. Colvin.