Specific Muscles Used in Racquetball

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Racquetball is a very entertaining game with two or four players. You score when your ball hits the far wall and bounces twice before your opponent reaches it, or when your opponent hits the ball, but it does not reach the far wall before it bounces again. Racquetball is one of the best physical fitness sports you can find. It tests and work many of your muscles.

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Your arms are key in racquetball, and you may find them burning after serious play. Racquetball puts stress on the biceps, triceps and muscles in the forearm like the brachioradialis and flexor carpi radialis. Your hand will also become tight because you spend the entire game gripping the racket. Take time to loosen your grip and stretch your hand and arm muscles during breaks.

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If you have bad or old ankles, you may want to wear a brace to support them. Tennis shoes or basketball sneakers also work well in racquetball, because they provide further support for the ankles. If your ankles hurt the night you play or the night after, ice them for some relief.

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Both your calves and your hamstrings are crucial to lower-body movement. As you get older or out of shape, your muscles tighten. That's why it's very important to stretch adequately before playing racquetball. Dedicate 5 to 10 minutes solely to your legs. Focus on your calves and hamstrings, which you'll use a lot in racquetball and which are easy to pull.

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If you don't participate in a lot of physical exercise or haven't in a while, you may experience back pain or a tender back the next day. Your lower back may become irritated if you don't use your knees enough, putting pressure on your lower back instead. Your upper back and shoulders may also get sore.

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While your hips are very important to a strong swing, the shoulders balance your weight during strikes and also support your constantly moving arms. If your shoulders get sore, especially at the joints, ice them.

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