Korean J Sports Med.  2015 Dec;33(2):83-87. 10.5763/kjsm.2015.33.2.83.

Survey for Musculoskeletal Pain of Korean Junior Tennis Players

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Myongji Hospital, Seonam University School of Medicine, Goyang, Korea. fender80@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.


The aim of this survey was to analyze the characteristics of musculoskeletal pain of Korean junior tennis players and its effect on games and psychology of players. Surveys were administered to 30 healthy male junior tennis players who took part in a 50th national junior tennis meet in 2015. We analyzed the incidence, location, cause and preferred prevention or treatment method of musculoskeletal pain, the correlation between training time and musculoskeletal pain as well as the effect of musculoskeletal pain on games and psychology of players. Overall, 22 out of 30 (73.3%) responded the experience of musculoskeletal pain. The incidence of lower extremity pain (16 out of 30, 53.3%) were higher than upper extremity pain (9 out of 30, 30%) and low back pain (8 out of 30, 26.7%). The long training hours per day (r=0.574, p=0.001) and old age (r=0.390, p=0.033) were correlated with intermittent back pain in univariate anlaysis. In multivariate ananlysis, the long training hours per day was a single risk factor of intermittent low back pain (p=0.038, odds ratio 10.01). 43.3% of players responded that the insufficent preventive conditioning program was thought to be the cause of musculoskeletal pain. The most preferred treatment or prevention method for musculoskeletal pain was rehabilitation (55.3%). Twelve players reported the negative affection of musculoskeletal pain to the performance in game. Six players experienced the frustration, 9 players experienced the loss of interest and 9 players experienced the emotional avoidance of games due to the musculoskeletal pain.


Tennis; Youth; Adolescent; Musculoskeletal pain; Sports injury; Survey study

MeSH Terms

Athletic Injuries
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Lower Extremity
Musculoskeletal Pain*
Odds Ratio
Risk Factors
Upper Extremity
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