A Tennis player needs to be able start and accelerate from a stationary position, make a series of movements to cover the court then decelerate to strike the ball using static or dynamic balance, as a result of making a powerful stroke the player will be out of balance and will need to recover balance and change direction to prepare for the next stroke. A player will use a series of patterns of movements, these patterns are specific to Tennis and can be broken down into five phases of movement, these are:
The type of movement during these phases is dependent upon where the player is when they start, where they need to be to hit the ball and the type of stroke they are going to make.
Although the movement can be considered to be five phases, the phases should link to together so that the result is a series of fluid movements in which the phases are difficult to be identified.
The movement training must be performed on the surface on which the player is going to compete. The movement technique required to accelerate, decelerate, hit the ball and recover to a central position on the court is different for each surface.
Basis movements can be trained and improved using a series of exercises, and when these have been acquired the Tennis specific movements can be trained and improved.
A vital part of this basic movement training is the development of Agility, Balance Coordination and Proprioception.
Agility, Balance Coordination and Proprioception can be improved in basic movements.
Tennis specific movements are a series of movements constructed from fundamental basic movements.
Normally a player who has difficulty in performing the basic movements will not be able to perform the Tennis specific movements efficiently. As a player becomes more advanced they will use explosive movements more frequently. To perform the explosive movements efficiently without injury, the player will have had to improve their strength using a series of exercises.
SAQ (Speed Agility Quickness) is a method developed by SAQ International, this method is used to quickly improve the basic movements of a player, initially concentrating on the mechanics of the movement, then improving the speed of movement whilst developing Agility, Balance and Coordination.
Once the basic movements have been learnt and can be practiced efficiently, the Tennis specific movements are introduced by incorporating exercises developed for Tennis and exercises developed by the LTA, ITF, USTA and other sources.
The majority of basic movements are applicable to all Sports and the analysis methods used to develop the Tennis specific movements, can be used to develop movement exercises for other Sports.
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