Isabella Holland made it to the Dothan Pro Classic, but she wasn't always allowed on the tennis court.
Holland said, “I was out for six months. I had patella tendinopathy, so it's not ideal for an athlete.”
Holland's injury left her sidelined, something the pro athlete admits wasn't easy.
Holland said, “It was tough. I had to be very patient, you just have to do rehab.”
Athletic trainers say maintenance is part of the game, and it doesn't stop once a player steps off the court
Athletic trainer Jennifer Branchcomb said, “Just like having their rackets strung and just like they have their shoes and everything, taking care of themselves is part of their job.”
Tournament officials say eating healthy is also a huge part of the game.
Dothan Pro Classic tournament director Kim Meeker said,”When they come they're eating fruit, low fat, they're eating very, very clean.”
And at this level, the game is no scrimmage. Players like Holland know old injuries can flare up.
Holland said, “Even though you're not injured, you still gotta maintain it and do it at least two three times a week so you don't want the whole process to happen again.”
Branchcomb agrees. She would rather work with an athlete to prevent an injury, rather than fix one.
Branchcomb said, “Once something reaches a point that it hurts so much, there's not much I can do for it. It's important to be coming in everyday, maintaining preventive type of therapy and rehab.”