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Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Racquetball Athletes

Anthony, Chantel C., PhD(c), CSCS1; Baghurst, Timothy M., PhD2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 3 - p 24–34
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000448
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ABSTRACT RACQUETBALL IS A COMPLEX SPORT THAT INVOLVES MULTIFACETED MOVEMENT PATTERNS AND MUSCULAR INVOLVEMENT. ANALYZING THE UNIQUE DEMANDS OF THE SPORT AND THE NEEDS OF THE ATHLETE PROVIDES STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS WITH THE REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND PREVENT INJURY. TO DATE, THERE IS NO MODEL THAT IDENTIFIES NOR PROVIDES SPORT-SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING FOR RACQUETBALL. THEREFORE, THE AIMS OF THE ARTICLE ARE TO EVALUATE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL DEMANDS OF RACQUETBALL, IDENTIFY THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF RACQUETBALL ATHLETES, AND DEVELOP SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING METHODS THAT WILL MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE AND REDUCE RISK OF INJURY.

1Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation, Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; and

2Coaching Science, College of Education, Health, and Aviation, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Address correspondence to Dr. Chantel C. Anthony, Chantel.anthony@okstate.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chantel C. Anthonyis currently completing her PhD at Oklahoma State University with the Department of Health and Human Performance in conjunction with the Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory.

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Timothy M. Baghurstis Director of Sports & Coaching Science and Research Fellow in the College of Education, Health, and Aviation at Oklahoma State University.

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