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The Progressive Physical Development of a High-Performance Tennis Player

Ochi, Satoshi MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT1; Campbell, Mary Jo MEd, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - pp 59-68
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181af8053
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AT WHAT AGE SHOULD CHILDREN STRENGTH TRAIN FOR SPORT? CHILDREN ARE DROPPING MULTISPORT PARTICIPATION AT AN EARLY AGE TO PLAY SPORTS SUCH AS TENNIS YEAR ROUND. THIS PRESENTS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE TO STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENHANCING PERFORMANCE WHILE ENSURING INJURY PREVENTION. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK OF A LOGICAL PROGRESSION OF EXERCISES FOR ATHLETES MOVING FROM PREPUBERTY TO ADULTHOOD. THESE EXERCISES ARE THE GROUNDWORK IN THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF AN ELITE TENNIS PLAYER.

1Player Development, United States Tennis Association, Boca Raton, Florida; and 2Player Development, United States Tennis Association, Carson, California

Satoshi Ochiis the strength and conditioning coach for the United States Tennis Association Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mary Jo Campbellis an athletic trainer/strength and conditioning specialist at the United States Tennis Association West Coast Training Center.

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