Playing tennis is better for the prevention of musculoskeletal problems than going to the gym, according to a study by experts at Liverpool Hope University.
In the study, 90 healthy participants were split into two groups. One group played tennis and the other group took part in running, cycling or going to the gym. Each group took part in regular tests which looked at upper body strength, lower body strength, muscle fatigue and body composition.
The results found that the group who played tennis had better musculoskeletal function than those who went to the gym. They had a better BMI and better upper-body and lower-body extremity function than the second group.
Experts are now calling for tennis to be recommended as an alternative to current physical activity guidelines.
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