All manner of different things can affect how ready our bodies are for exercise, and there may even be a big difference between individual injuries as to whether you should exercise them lightly or avoid any sport altogether.
However, it is not always easy to know the difference between tight muscles that simply need to be gently worked out and pulls and strains that will need effective heat and ice treatment and plenty of rest.
If your muscles feel tight before you even start playing, it is probably a bad idea to just head out and hope for the best. Even a perfect stretching routine may well not be enough to solve the problem and those who decide to play on regardless can find that within minutes they are barely able to walk and in turn are out of action for far longer than just one game.
Using certain first aid supplies can help and gently warming the muscles, using the right sports supports and the right heat pads may be enough to get previously tight muscles ready for action. However, if the symptoms still persist, it is likely to be best to sit out until you feel completely happy that your muscles are ready for action.
It may also be worth talking to a physio in Wimbledon too. If your muscles are regularly feeling tight or overstretched or you have more chronic problems that mean you are prone to injuries, visiting a physio will help you understand the best exercises to carry out and just how long you are likely to need to rest for until you are back to full fitness. Furthermore, they may well be able to help you understand which exact feelings are associated with which particular condition of muscle and in turn a physio in SW19 may well help you to understand in the future exactly when you should make a tactical decision to avoid sport.