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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181afc98d
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Planning and Periodization for the Elite Junior Tennis Player

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

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Abstract

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.

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