Best Wrist Supports for Tennis 2020

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

As many as five injuries per 1,000 hours of play can occur while playing tennis, which can seriously affect your performance and enjoyment. Due to the repetitive movements and resulting impact absorbed by your wrists, tendons can become damaged, making conditions like tendonitis, De Quervain's syndrome and sprains all-too-common.

We at WristSupports.co.uk want you to see as little downtime as possible, and we know the importance of choosing the right wrist supports to protect your wrists and help them heal. That's why we've had our product experts examine all the wrist braces available to select the very best for tennis, with a few key points mentioned for each. We can't promise these supports will have you serving like Federer or returning like Nadal, but they'll certainly keep you protected and your pain in check!


Most Comfortable Wrist Support

4Dflexisport Active Lime Wrist Support

4Dflexisport® Active Lime Wrist Support

Why It's Great for Tennis...

Lightweight and breathable to keep you comfortable on the court
Splint-free to allow some flexion while preventing overextension
Thumb slot cradles the thumb joint while still allowing good grip on the racket
 Adjustable tension allows you to adapt your support based on injury progression

Not the Best For...

Recovery from severe sprains
 Arthritis of the thumb or De Quervain's

 

Editor's Verdict: If you're looking for ambidextrous support that provides support without being overly restrictive, 4Dflexisport Active Lime Wrist Support is our top choice. The lack of metal stays makes it incredibly comfortable, while still providing enough support to prevent dangerous overextension movements. The support aligns your wrist and thumb joint, allowing you proper grip without affecting your serve.


Best Wrist Support for Weak Wrists

Ultimate Performance Ultimate Wrist Wrap

Ultimate Performance Ultimate Wrist Wrap

Why It's Great for Tennis...

Provides a moderate amount of support to provide a bit more confidence
 Compresses the wrist to help reduce pain and improve proprioception
Helps to improve circulation in the wrist to improve recovery times
 Can be worn on and off the court whenever pain or stiffness arises

Not the Best For...

Recovery from severe sprains
 Conditions where full immobilisation is necessary

 

Editor's Verdict: The Ultimate Performance Ultimate Wrist Wrap is ideal for those who are prone to wrist injury caused by sports, and is an ideal choice for those who are worried about their wrist strength after recovery from a previous injury. Offering a moderate level of support, it improve stability while offering a good level of compression to help you feel more confident that your wrist is protected. Its sleek, ergonomic design is non-restrictive, so you'll be able to keep a comfortable, secure grip on your racket at all times.


Best Wrist Support for Tendonitis

Rehband Basic Wrist Support

Rehband Basic Wrist Support for Tendonitis

Why It's Great for Tennis...

Provides adjustable compression to control inflammation
 Warms the tendons to reduce both pain and stiffness
Lightweight design allows enough range of motion to perform
 Ideal for use when needed for acute strains and flare-ups

Not the Best For...

 Those with allergies to neoprene
 Conditions requiring rigid control of flexion

 

Editor's Verdict: Tendonitis is the most common wrist condition associated with tennis, but luckily it usually requires only slight compression to control inflammation and pain. By warming the tendons and covering common pain points, the Rehband Basic Wrist Support helps to bring down inflammation and keep the tendons warm, thereby reducing stiffness and helping you get back to your game.


Best Wrist Support for RSI

Donjoy Universal Wrist-O-Prene For RSI

Donjoy Universal Wrist-O-Prene For RSI

Why It's Great for Tennis...

Wraps around the wrist to provide a large area of compression
 Allows a wide range of movement and an unrestricted grip on the racket
Designed with durable seams to withstand frequent activity and washing
 Moulded aluminium stay stops wrist from performing painful overextensions

Not the Best For...

Mild tendonitis that doesn't require immobilisation
 Those with allergies to neoprene

 

Editor's Verdict: Made from soft, stretchy neoprene material, the Donjoy Universal Wrist-O-Prene For RSI is incredibly comfortable, yet tough enough to withstand exercise, sporting activities and repetitive work conditions. Perfect for the intensity of tennis, it is designed specifically for resilient, long-term wear, and wraps around the thumb for a more secure fit. Recovery from repetitive strain injury will require keeping your wrist in the proper position, making a brace like this with aluminium stays a must-have.


Best Wrist Support for Arthritis

MedSpec Ryno Lacer II Wrist Thumb Brace For Rheumatoid Arthritis

MedSpec Ryno Lacer II Wrist Thumb Brace For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why It's Great for Tennis...

 Moisture-wicking lining keeps the brace fresh during activity
 Unique closure provides even compression and adjusts in seconds
 Perforated suede material is both soft on the skin and fully breathable
 Stabilises and compresses the wrist and thumb area to tackle joint pain

Not the Best For...

 More concentrated pain in one small area of the wrist
 Those looking for a full range of motion without stays

 

Editor's Verdict: Arthritis tends to be spread across more than just a small area, making even and reliable compression key. The unique closure system of the MedSpec Ryno Lacer II Wrist Thumb Brace is its key feature, ensuring that proper and widespread compression can be achieved in seconds. This will allow you to get back on the court with reduced pain, while the wrist brace will continue to protect your wrist with slight immobilisation and comfortable support.


Best Wrist Support for Sprains

Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace

Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace

Why It's Great for Tennis...

 Form Fit 3D Moulding allows a comfortable fit with a high level of support
 Contour along the distal palmar crease allows for good grip and movement
 Three Velcro contact-closure straps provide compression at key points
 Breathable Lycra-lined interior helps the brace stay comfortable during activity

Not the Best For...

 Those suffering from less severe strain injuries
 Conditions that can handle a greater range of motion

 

Editor's Verdict: When recovering from severe sprains, you'll need quite a bit of immobilisation and support to allow your wrist to heal. The Ossur Form Fit Wrist Brace is an ideal choice, as it combines a high level of support with a contoured design to allow you to gradually get back to activity once your recovery has progressed.


Best Wrist Support for De Quervain's Syndrome

Procool Deluxe Wrist and Thumb Brace for De Quervain's Syndrome

Procool Deluxe Wrist and Thumb Brace for De Quervain's Syndrome

Why It's Great for Tennis...

 Controls pain during the gripping motion to provide a better grip on the racket
 Stabilises and compresses the wrist and thumb to increase circulation
 Allows you to stay active while protecting the thumb to facilitate healing
 Soft and breathable to prevent overheating and chafing

Not the Best For...

 Those with conditions affecting the wrist without the thumb
 Simple arthritic conditions not in need of immobilisation

 

Editor's Verdict: Without proper compression and support, De Quervain's can make gripping a racket both difficult and painful. The Procool Deluxe Wrist and Thumb Brace for De Quervain's Syndrome applies compression to the wrist and thumb while stabilising the area with a palmar bar, ensuring you avoid the bending motions that can cause pain and increased inflammation.


It's All in the Wrist

Our wrists take all sorts of abuse on the court, as every bit of power you generate has to find its way through the wrist on its way to your racket. To make sure you can stay on the court for longer, it's important to give your wrist the support it needs as soon as you feel some pain or discomfort, as a small problem left untreated can quickly become a larger one. While our experts are confident the supports above can help reduce pain and help you recover, we stock a massive selection of wrist braces for tennis. To see all we have to offer, browse our full range of tennis wrist supports using the link below.

 

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