Tennis Fitness Assessment & Functional Movement Screening

Tennis Fitness Assessment

The purpose of our Tennis Specific Fitness Assessments is to establish the current physical condition of an athlete. It also gives us a starting point and enables us to set attainable goals. First we test, then we set goals, train smart and hard, then reassess to establish how we have gone and set new goals. This comprehensive assessment system has been designed specifically for tennis athletes. Athletes walk away with a good idea of where they are at physically and what needs to be improved. Athletes receive their results and also a norms chart to see how they have performed.

What is included in the assessment

1. Height and Weight
2. Lunge capacity
3. Girth Measurements
4. Flexibility and Mobility (whole body)
5. Hand / Eye co ordination
6. Balance
7. Agility & Speed
8. Aerobic & Anaerobic conditioning
10. Lower body power
11. Strength - Upper body, Lower body, Core

The assessment will determine your strengths and weaknesses and assist in designing individual programming.

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Whether you are focusing on optimising training, improving your weaknesses, or boosting your performance on court, the FMS screen is the starting line, your roadmap.

The FMS screen eliminates the guessing game and tells you what movement quality really is by measuring seven fundamental movements that are key to daily life. It scores individuals in a simple way to determine if their movement patterns are optimal, acceptable or dysfunctional.
To establish a baseline, you need an objective filter—and the screen is your user-friendly, reliable tool.

What is the Functional Movement Screen?

The functional movement screen is a series of 7 movements that require a balance of mobility and stability.
Each movement is scored from 0 to 3:
0 = pain during movement
1 = failed movement pattern
2 = passed but with some compensations
3 = passed with no compensations

The FMS is not designed to identify the specific reason why a faulty movement patterns exists. There can be tons of possible reasons, but identifying there is a problem is the first step toward correcting it. The screen is also not a training tool, but a rating and ranking tool.

The FMS screen is an ideal way to establish areas of weakness, compensations and imbalances. Once we establish the functionality of the body we can then set realistic programming guidelines in order, to boost the bodies athletic capabilities.

What are the Benefits of a Functional Movement Screen?

Injury Prevention

The FMS may help you identify movement dysfunctions before they cause an injury.

Pain Identification

If you experience pain as you are completing any of the 7 movements, or 3 clearing tests, you need to get checked out by a competent medical professional. The FMS may be able to identify that something is wrong before the injury gets even worse. Surprisingly, as many as 20% of people report pain during the assessment.

Systematic Approach

Because the FMS uses a simple checklist with clearly defined criteria, it’s easy for coaches administering the screen to arrive at a reliable score that can be repeated with other coaches.


Because the FMS is a standardised screen, you can continue to get tested over time to assess your progress, or identify movement dysfunctions that may arise.
Re-testing can help you identify improvements you make. If you score a 0 on any of the screens, your doctor should not clear you for exercise that involves whatever movement screen you failed.

It’s A Corrective Exercise System

Not only can the FMS help you identify dysfunctional movement patterns, it may help you correct them as well. The FMS is really a comprehensive screening and corrective exercise system. This system is referred to as the FMS Training Cycle.

Designing Programs

Once we have completed all the assessments we can revise strengths and weaknesses and design an specific individualised strength and conditioning program for each player.


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