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Movement for Tennis: The Importance of Lateral Training

Kovacs, Mark S PhD, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181afe806
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Abstract

TENNIS IS A SPORT THAT REQUIRES HUNDREDS OF DIRECTIONAL MOVEMENT CHANGES DURING EVERY MATCH AND PRACTICE. THE MAJORITY OF MOVEMENTS IN TENNIS ARE IN A LATERAL DIRECTION, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUSCLES, MOVEMENTS, AND NEURAL RESPONSES NEEDS TO BE A FOCUS OF ALL TENNIS TRAINING PROGRAMS. THIS ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS THE TYPICAL MOVEMENTS DURING TENNIS PLAY, WHICH IN MANY RESPECTS ARE UNIQUE TO TENNIS, AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF EXERCISES TO HELP TRAIN LATERAL MOVEMENTS ARE PROVIDED.

Author Information

Player Development, United States Tennis Association, Boca Raton, Florida

T. Jeff Chandler

Editor in Chief

Mark S. Kovacs the senior manager of Strength and Conditioning/Sport Science for the United States Tennis Association's Player Development program.

© 2009 National Strength and Conditioning Association