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...
Injuries have a massive impact when it comes to individualized sports. If you are involved in a team sport and you are injured, you can rely on teammates to cover for you and help you out during play. Not in tennis, you are all alone! This is why you need to avoid tennis injuries as much as possible.
We have identified some key areas which will help protect you from serious injury and keep you on court. They will also make you a more robust and confident athlete.
When it comes to tennis mobility and warm-up, we like to focus on a joint by joint approach, either working from the bottom up or from the top down. Whether that’s using myofascial release, trigger point work or dynamic stretching.
We think these are three key areas that are highly important for creating a robust tennis player, that is more resilient to injury.
We recommend performing mobility exercises prior to tennis training. This helps elongate muscles and open joints up for correct movement...