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Planning and Periodization for the Elite Junior Tennis Player

Reid, Machar PhD; Quinlan, Geoff; Kearney, Simon; Jones, David

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 69-76
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181afc98d
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ELITE JUNIOR PLAYERS TRAIN IN STRUCTURED HIGH-PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS, ASPIRING TOWARD PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS, FROM A RELATIVELY YOUNG AGE. WHERE IMMEDIATE PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT IN THE PHYSICAL DOMAIN IS SOUGHT, ARGUABLY MORE IMPORTANT IS THE PREPARATORY WORK REQUIRED TO WITHSTAND THE RIGORS OF THE PROFESSIONAL TOUR. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES AN INSIGHT INTO HOW THE PROGRAMMING CHALLENGES OF TENNIS-YEAR-ROUND COMPETITION, CONSTANT TRAVEL, IRREGULAR PLAYING TIMES, AND AN UNCERTAIN NUMBER OF MATCHES-CAN BE MET WITH A 17- TO 18-YEAR-OLD MALE PLAYER.

Athlete Development/Sport Sciences, Tennis Australia, Victoria, Australia

Machar Reid is the sport science manager for Tennis Australia (TA) and is a high performance TA coach.

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David Jones is the strength and conditioning coordinator at the Tennis Australia National Academy in Adelaide.

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Simon Kearney is the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Tennis Australia National Academy in Melbourne.

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Geoff Quinlan is the Tennis Australia National Academy manager.

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