If you have been following us for a while, you will know we are big on strengthening athletes, getting them flexible and mobile.
These are always our initial priorities no matter the age or tennis capabilities of the player.
Most people have a good understanding of what tennis strength training is and almost everyone knows about flexibility.
What about mobility? What is it, what are the benefits of having healthy mobility ranges and how do you improve it?
Let me briefly explain these answers from my own experience and understanding.
Mobility relates to joint movement and also what we call “The kinetic chain” Chain of movement, rather than an isolated hold.
Imagine a chain laid out on the ground. Each chain piece represents a joint. Now if we needed the chain to function at full capacity we would need each piece to be loose and free to move adequately right? Otherwise, other pieces will have to do extra work, or the fused piece will get damaged. This is how mobility...
The global Health and Fitness industry moves and changes at such a rapid rate, it can feel overwhelming for people to keep up. Having been in the industry for 20 years, we have seen lots of things come and go and the good news is, the bad things are the ones that go. Fads and gimmicks fade almost as fast as they come and in the tennis industry, it is no different.
One thing that has always been at the forefront of any successful tennis physical performance plan is “Tennis Strength Training”.
Research shows strength training gives athletes more benefits across the board than any other training discipline.
Most, if not every tennis player will develop some form of tennis injury during their career. Some injuries cannot be prevented, but you will be surprised how many of the below injuries you can be by doing one thing.
We will tell you more about that later on.
The most common injuries in tennis we see on a daily basis are, often overuse injuries.
Overuse injuries often develop slowly and can start out as mild discomfort that gradually increases and becomes painful. Some common overuse injuries are:
1. Tennis Elbow – A very common cause of elbow pain due to the chronic irritation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow.
2. Wrist Tendonitis – Caused by irritation and inflammation around the wrist joint. Usually, this will occur from a number of reasons; Equipment (new racket, heavy/wet tennis balls, court surface), bad technique, or overuse (most common cause).
This can be prevented with some simple yet effective strengthening tennis exercises for the wrist,...
What can you learn from Lleyton Hewitt, who will play a record-breaking 20th and final Australian Open this summer?
Lleyton Hewitt is the ultimate professional when it comes to tennis training. A professional athlete needs the following categories to be considered the "whole package” – great physical attributes, punctuality, strong organisational skills, focus, intensity and commitment.
Having worked with Lleyton for the past 10 years, he scores close to 10 out of 10 for all of them. He is never late, always has everything he needs, knows what he is doing and is determined to get it done. He always has an extremely high level of intensity and can back it up day after day.
Lleyton attacks his pre-season with the enthusiasm of a 20-year-old year after year. As a tennis fitness trainer, you can’t ask for more. A typical pre-season tennis training block for Lleyton runs for 10 to 12 weeks, training between three and five hours a day. During the initial transition...