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Testing Speed and Agility in Elite Tennis Players

Cooke, Karl PhD1; Quinn, Ann PhD2; Sibte, Narelle BAppSc3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - pp 69-72
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31820534be
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SPEED AND AGILITY FOR TENNIS IS A MULTIFACTORIAL CONCEPT AND SO REQUIRES AN APPROACH TO TESTING THAT IS BOTH SPORT SPECIFIC AND MULTIFACETED. BY ASSESSING SPEED, ACCELERATION, CHANGE OF DIRECTION, AND REACTIVE AGILITY, IT IS POSSIBLE TO DIFFERENTIATE THOSE FACTORS IN NEED OF SPECIFIC ATTENTION. A CASE EXAMPLE IS PRESENTED TO ILLUSTRATE THIS. TRAINING METHODS SHOULD BE SPORT SPECIFIC IN NATURE AND INTEGRATE BOTH THE PERCEPTUAL MOTOR AND DECISION-MAKING SKILLS REQUIRED IN TENNIS.

1National Tennis Centre, Lawn Tennis Association, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom; 2Quintessential Difference Ltd., Mayfair, London, United Kingdom; and 3Tennis Australia, Private Bag, Richmond South, Victoria, Australia

Karl Cooke the Performance & Player Support Manager at the LTA National Tennis Centre.

Ann Quinn the Director of Quintessential Edge, Ltd.

Narelle Sibte National Strength and Conditioning Manager at Tennis Australia.

© 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association