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doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181af8053
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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

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Abstract

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.

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