Anyone that has played tennis will understand the high levels of fitness required to sustain performance but also the toll it can take on the body. The action of swinging a racket fast and hard repeatedly applies enormous amounts of pressure and stress on the shoulder and elbow joints and their associated muscles. Throw in the amount of running, extensions of the knee and hip joints and the stretching and contracting of the back and it leaves little surprise that the injuries and recovery time for tennis players of virtually every standard can be significant.
The physical benefits and side-effects of tennis don’t deter the 900,000+ participants of tennis in England, Scotland and Wales (stats; Sport England; Tennis Scotland; Tennis Wales) many of whom now enhance their athletic recovery through the use of CBD.
CBD in Tennis gained popularity due to its accessibility CBD and that it has brought new, exciting solutions to help ease away the aches and pains that are sustained on the tennis court whilst improving the mental focus, health and well-being of players.
So What is CBD?
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of the key cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. It is present in both agricultural hemp as well as medicinal cannabis. Cannabinoids exist within several plants in nature, while cannabis is the only plant known to contain CBD.
By interacting with your cannabinoid receptors CBD boosts GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in your brain. Increased GABA levels means your brain’s neurotransmitter receptors can naturally reduce the number of signals it receives, which results in mental relief and an overall calm feeling.
Cannabidiol is not a prohibited substance in the UK, while THC (the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant) is.
WADA (The World Anti-Doping Agency) is responsible for monitoring and developing anti-doping capacities in sports and in 2018 Cannabidiol was removed from the prohibited substances list – a mandatory International Standard and a part of the World Anti-Doping Program. Furthermore, CBD falls under the new UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) regulations as of February 2020, which classified it as a novel food supplement.
The adoption of CBD by many sports professionals has increased its visibility and popularity significantly. Its therapeutic properties for the mind and body have opened the doors to sports globally; tennis is no exception.
How does CBD improve my game?
CBD has natural anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve muscular and joint pain without side effects. CBD can be taken orally where it works holistically within the body alleviating the aches and pains; but can also be applied topically to the skin on areas of particular discomfort for more immediate pain relief.
Tennis is a game of skill, strategy, strength and stamina. CBD has a natural ability to help the user remain calm, focused and measured over prolonged periods of time. It helps to manage anxiety and tension.
Recovery and Sleep
Sleep is essential to recovery. Sleeping well accelerates recovery which in turn enhances performance. CBD has been proven to enhance sleep quality and longevity among many users.
For Sport CBD and tennis.
For Sport CBD have a range of CBD tinctures, capsules and topicals for pre, during and post-match performance. The tinctures and capsules are odour and taste-neutral (so can be added to food or drinks if preferred) and the warm balm, cold gel and freeze roll-on (for localised pain relief) can be thrown into sports kit bags easily for convenience.
All their products contain lab-tested pure CBD isolate with 0% THC and are safe to use by amateur and more discerning tennis players.
Their use in enhancing recovery and repair can increase stamina and strength and ease pre-match jitters.
For Sport CBD solutions to tennis elbow and other injuries
Oral Tinctures, Oils and Capsules
The cornerstone of recovery and repair is rest. Our oils are taste and odour-neutral, THC-free isolates and, taken before sleep, will enhance your deep sleep allowing the body and mind to fully regenerate so you can be alert and focused on game day.
CBD Freeze roll-on
Easily stored in your kit bag our freeze muscle and joint lotion has a great-smelling blend of CBD isolate, natural oils and Vitamin E for absorption to reduce localised muscle soreness and inflammation.
CBD Cold Muscle Gel and Warm Balm
Depending on your preference for warm or cold topicals, both of these products can be used for deeper penetrating, longer-lasting pre or post-workout pain relief. Great smelling they are ideal for massage, both contain 1000mg of CBD isolate and work easily into the muscles and joints of the affected area for longer periods of sustained relief.
Discover the full CBD range here.