The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Fitness Testing Protocol. Male high school tennis players were invited from multiple school districts to participate in testing. The volunteers (N=15) were 16.9±1.0 years of age and represented some of the best high school tennis players in south Texas. Prior to testing, subjects were ranked on tennis playing ability by means of “head to head” competition. Subjects then performed the USTA Fitness Test according to the specific guidelines. The USTA Fitness Test is designed to evaluate the following areas: cardiovascular, flexibility, strength and endurance, power, body composition, agility and speed, and aerobic capacity. Specific tests include: resting heart rate, blood pressure, sit and reach, hamstring flexibility, shoulder rotation, sit-ups, pushups, grip strength, vertical jump, medicine ball chest pass, skinfold measures, hexagon jump, 20 yard dash, sideways shuffle, spider run, and the 1.5 mile run. Test performances were standardized to T-scores and the composite correlated with“head to head” competition results using Spearman's rank order correlation (rs). The correlation between rank from the results of the USTA Fitness Test and tennis ability was low (rs=.039). Results of this study indicate that composite score rankings from the USTA Fitness Test were not correlated with tennis playing ability in high school male tennis players.
American College of Sports Medicine 45th Annual Meeting; June 3-6, 1998; Orange County Convention Center; Orlando, Florida
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