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Preseason Strength and Conditioning for Collegiate Tennis Players

Wakeham, Tim “Red” MS1; Jacobs, Rich MS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 86-93
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181afef9c
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TENNIS HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED AS A FAST-PACED GAME THAT REQUIRES PRECISE MOVEMENT COORDINATION, AGILITY, EXPLOSIVE STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, AND STRATEGIC SKILL MASTERY. THESE OUTCOMES CAN BE ACHIEVED BY ADHERING TO AN ANNUAL PLAN CONSISTING OF VARIOUS PHASES. THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS ARTICLE ARE TO BRIEFLY REVIEW OFF-SEASON STRENGTH TRAINING; TO PROVIDE AN IN-DEPTH EXAMINATION OF PRESEASON STRENGTH AND POWER TRAINING; AND TO REVIEW PRESEASON GENERAL AND SPORT-SPECIFIC CONDITIONING.

1Athletics Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; and 2Athletics Department, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Tim “Red” Wakeham is the director of strength and conditioning for Olympic Sports at Michigan State University.

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Rich Jacobs is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Xavier University.

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