THE EFFECT OF A DAMPING ELEMENT IN TENNIS RACKETS

  • Wolfgan Potthast
  • Oliver Bloch
  • Susanne Ochel
  • Gert-Peter Brüggemann
Keywords: tennis racket, vibration, epicondylitis, tennis elbow, acceleration

Abstract

Lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow is often associated with external vibrations initiated by the racket (Hach & Renstroem). Therefore a technical attempt to reduce lateral epicondylitis, through the implementation of a damping element (DE) between the grip and the head of a tennis racket, would seem logical. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a damping element on the transition of vibrations from the frame (FR) via the grip (GR) to the wrist (WR).