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Objective: The purpose of this chapter is to critically review the existing studies on theepidemiology of tennis injuries in pediatric athletes, present suggestions for the preventionof injury based on these studies, and present suggestions for future research. Data sources:Data sources included published articles on pediatric tennis injuries, a previously publishedreview by the authors, and unpublished data from one of the authors (MS). Main results:Most studies of tennis injuries show that they are of microtrauma origin, develop over time,and result in short times of absence from play. They involve all joints of the body, but havea higher incidence in the shoulder, back, and knee. Intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors may berelated to the incidence of injury. These factors may be evaluated by a comprehensive preparticipationexam, and preventive strategies may be implemented. Conclusions: Most injurystudies in pediatric tennis players vary in the population studied, methods of injury evaluation,and risk factors studied. Consequently, few specific conclusions can be derived aboutthe causative factors. Further longitudinal prospective studies need to be done to completelydiscover all the factors involved in producing tennis injuries.

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