Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her bat?

Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her bat?

GB About: Emma Raducanu Publish: 08/05/2022 Edit: 08/05/2022 Author: Gardener


Emma Raducanu was covered in blisters during her second-round win over Camila Osorio at the Citi Open, sparking fresh concerns about whether she will be in good shape to defend her US Open title. It is not uncommon for top tennis players to suffer from blisters. Even seasoned pros can develop calluses during tense moments due to the repetitive gripping motion and over-squeezing of their racquets. Rafael Nadal famously struggled through his quarter-finals at the 2014 Australian Open despite suffering a horrific corneal blister that disintegrated on the court. But Raducanu had more than enough problems during her first season on tour. A blister on her dominant racquet hand hampered her efforts at the Australian Open earlier in the year, while another on her right foot hampered her movement on the court during her straight-set loss to Marketa Vondrousova at the Billie Jean King Cup in April. So why is it such a recurring problem and what can she do about it? Raducanu began blowing her hands in the middle of her encounter with Osario, who was also suffering from a foot blister on the pitch. Both required late medical time-outs and the coach was seen taping up Raducau's sore hand, which played a role in the 51 unforced errors she committed en route to the game's conclusion. Afterwards, Rennae Stubbs, the interviewer in court, was visibly shocked by Raducanu's injuries - she even urged her to hold them up to the camera - as Raducanu described how the skin was "ripped off" from her hand. Blisters are essentially caused by repeated exposure to trauma and friction. "Sometimes we just don't know why blisters appear, some people are just very sensitive to them," said Dr. Bella Smith, NHS GP Partner and co-founder of the health center for women athletes, The Well HQ. “A bubble is a form of defense. Its purpose is to create a fluid to protect itself from the trauma and eventually it becomes callous and thick. The fact that Emma is consistently linked to one area - her bat hand - means she is linked to trauma, friction and heat. Taking time out from tennis to allow her skin to heal is an option, although that's hardly feasible as she prepares intensely to defend her US Open crown. "There might be some barrier creams she could try," suggested Dr. Smith before. "We use certain creams to protect the skin, but if it becomes a problem for her, she might need to go to a dermatologist and have it looked at." racket used. Emma Raducanu - Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her tennis racket? Emma Raducanu - Could Emma Raducanu be allergic to her tennis racket? Using padded handles is one way to keep blisters and sore hands at bay as they help provide a unique layer of felt to absorb sweat. "In Emma's case, it could even be something about the racquet that she's allergic to that's irritating her skin," says Dr. Smith. "It can be worth looking at the fabric around the racquet handle and using one that's made from hypoallergenic fabric." It's hard to say, but if she puts her body through the rigors of top-level tennis, according to Dr. Harden and adjust Smith.


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