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Effects of A Multicomponent Physiotherapy Program On Function and Pain In A Professional Tennis Player With Lateral Epicondylitis
Introduction: Lateral epicondylitis is an overload syndrome that is quite common among professional tennis players. A top tennis player with lateral epicondylitis was included in the case study. Methods: We used the mixed methods design and performed quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation with the help of a sequential research plan. Results: Based on the analysis of the results, we find that a 6-week multicomponent physiotherapy program (based on evidence-based physiotherapy practice) is effective in the short term in improving elbow and forearm functional abilities assessed using a modified PRTEE and QuickDASH questionnaire and in reducing pain intensity (VAS). Based on the analysis of quantitative and qualitative results, we find that in this way we can develop a more condensed understanding of the effectiveness of the physiotherapy program to achieve the criteria for returning to top tennis and a broader insight into the personal experiences of top tennis players. Conclusions: The applicativer value of the case study on a professional tennis player with the use of mixed methods design is high in our opinion, but it would make sense to test the mentioned multicomponent program on a larger number of professional tennis players with lateral epicondylitis.