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New Approaches for On-court Endurance Testing and Conditioning in Competitive Tennis Players

Baiget, Ernest PhD1,2; Iglesias, Xavier PhD1,3; Fuentes, Juan P. PhD4; Rodríguez, Ferran A. MD, PhD1,3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 9–16
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000470
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ABSTRACT THE CONTROL AND QUANTIFICATION OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TRAINING LOADS IS ESSENTIAL TO THE CORRECT DESIGN OF TRAINING PROGRAMS. IN TENNIS, ALONG WITH ANAEROBIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND TACTICAL ABILITIES, TECHNICAL SKILLS AND ENDURANCE CONDITIONING ARE KEY TO COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCE. THEREFORE, IT COULD BE USEFUL TO USE TESTING AND TRAINING LOADS AND METHODS THAT INCLUDE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND TECHNICAL PARAMETERS AT THE SAME TIME. THE AIM OF THIS REVIEW IS TO IDENTIFY A NEW TRAINING LOAD PARAMETER, SUITABLE FOR ON-COURT USE IN TENNIS, BASED ON TECHNICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL SKILLS, TO ALLOW CONTROL OF INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL LOADS.

1Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC), University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain;

2Sport Performance Analysis Research Group, University of Vic—Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), Barcelona, Spain;

3INEFC-Barcelona Research Group on Sport Sciences, University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain; and

4Sports Sciences Faculty, University of Extremadura (UEX), Cáceres, Spain

Address correspondence to Ernest Baiget, ernest.baiget@uvic.cat.

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

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Ernest Baigetis professor at the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Barcelona, and at the University of Vic—Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) and coordinator of the Sport Performance Analysis Research Group (UVic-UCC).

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Xavier Iglesiasis professor and director at the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Barcelona.

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Juan P. Fuentesis professor at the Sports Sciences Faculty, University of Extremadura.

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Ferran A. Rodríguezis professor at the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC), University of Barcelona, and coordinator of the INEFC-Barcelona Sport Sciences Research Group.

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