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Efficient Deceleration: The Forgotten Factor in Tennis-Specific Training

Kovacs, Mark S PhD, CSCS1; Roetert, E Paul PhD1; Ellenbecker, Todd S DPT, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2008 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - pp 58-69
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31818e5fbc
Articles

EFFICIENT DECELERATION IS PARAMOUNT TO ALLOW FOR FAST AND EXPLOSIVE CHANGES OF DIRECTION. BECAUSE MOST TENNIS POINTS HAVE BETWEEN 3 AND 7 CHANGES OF DIRECTIONS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPONENTS IN CHANGE OF DIRECTION MOVEMENTS IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF COMPETITIVE PLAY. TRAINING FOR TENNIS REQUIRES A STRONG UNDERSTANDING NOT ONLY OF THE ACCELERATION ASPECTS OF MOVEMENT BUT ALSO THE NEED FOR TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE REVIEW TENNIS MOVEMENTS FROM BOTH AN UPPER- AND LOWER-BODY PERSPECTIVE AND DESCRIBE THE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION WITH PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF DECELERATION TRAINING IDEAS.

1Player Development, United States Tennis Association, Boca Raton, Florida; 2Physiotherapy Associates, Scottsdale, Arizona

Mark Kovacs is the Manager of Sport Science for the United States Tennis Association.

Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of Player Development for the United States Tennis Association.

Todd S. Ellenbecker is the National Director of Clinical Research-Physiotherapy Associates and is the Director of Sports Medicine for the ATP Tour.

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