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SLIDING ON TENNIS' HARD COURTS POSES RISKS

Research into the factors that allow players to slide on both hard courts and clay courts has revealed surprising details about the technique, and may eventually help develop surfaces and shoes that can better accommodate sliding. "For the most part, I think sliding on a hard court, unless somebody grew up with it, can result in injury. It's not for the recreational player for sure," said Dr. Alex Kor, a Maryland-based podiatrist and nationally ranked senior tennis player. "Unless you are very well adept at it, you are going to end up with an injury, an ankle sprain, an ankle fracture."

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Dr. Alex Kor

The advantage of the technique, said Kor, is that it helps players stop moving quickly as they hit the ball. They can move to the best position for the next shot coming their way.

Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.

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