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Efficient Deceleration: The Forgotten Factor in Tennis-Specific Training

Kovacs, Mark S. PhD, CSCS1; Roetert, E. Paul PhD1; Ellenbecker, Todd S. DPT, CSCS2

Strength and Conditioning Journal: April 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - p 92–103
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000140
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SUMMARY EFFICIENT DECELERATION IS PARAMOUNT TO ALLOW FOR FAST AND EXPLOSIVE CHANGES OF DIRECTION. BECAUSE MOST TENNIS POINTS HAVE BETWEEN 3 AND 7 CHANGES OF DIRECTIONS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPONENTS IN CHANGE OF DIRECTION MOVEMENTS IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF COMPETITIVE PLAY. TRAINING FOR TENNIS REQUIRES A STRONG UNDERSTANDING NOT ONLY OF THE ACCELERATION ASPECTS OF MOVEMENT BUT ALSO THE NEED FOR TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE REVIEW TENNIS MOVEMENTS FROM BOTH AN UPPER- AND LOWER-BODY PERSPECTIVE AND DESCRIBE THE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION WITH PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF DECELERATION TRAINING IDEAS.

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

2Physiotherapy Associates, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Mark Kovacsis the Manager of Sport Science for the United States Tennis Association.

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Paul Roetertis the Managing Director of Player Development for the United States Tennis Association.

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Todd S. Ellenbeckeris the National Director of Clinical Research–Physiotherapy Associates and is the Director of Sports Medicine for the ATP Tour.

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