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Biomechanics of the Tennis Groundstrokes: Implications for Strength Training

Roetert, E Paul PhD1; Kovacs, Mark PhD, CSCS1; Knudson, Duane PhD2; Groppel, Jack L PhD3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - pp 41-49
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181aff0c3
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THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE WAS TO SUMMARIZE RECENT RESEARCH RELATED TO THE BIOMECHANICS OF TENNIS TECHNIQUE IN GROUNDSTROKES AND THEN TO RECOMMEND SPECIFIC STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EXERCISES THAT WOULD TEND TO IMPROVE TENNIS PERFORMANCE AND PREVENT INJURY. BASED ON THE AVAILABLE RESEARCH, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT TRAINING EXERCISES SHOULD EMULATE THE SEQUENTIAL COORDINATION INVOLVED IN GROUND STROKE PRODUCTION, AS WELL AS STABILIZING MUSCULATURE THAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING FORCE OR IN PROTECTING BODY PARTS FROM STRESSFUL ACTIONS. SPECIFIC EXERCISES BASED ON THE FINDINGS IN THE RESEARCH LITERATURE WERE THEN OFFERED.

1United States Tennis Association, Boca Raton, Florida; 2Department of Health and Human Performance, San Marcos, Texas; and 3Human Performance Institute, Lake Nona, Florida

E. Paul Roetertis Managing Director of Coaching Education and Sport Science at the United States Tennis Association.

Mark Kovacsis Senior Manager of Strength and Conditioning/ Sport Science at the United States Tennis Association.

Duane Knudsonis Chair of the department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University.

Jack Groppelis co-founder of the Human Performance Institute.

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