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Flexibility Training

Flexibility Training

Flexibility training is often the most overlooked component of a quality conditioning program. Some of the reasons people do not adhere to flexibility programs include the following: Stretching may not feel particularly good. The on-court benefits are not obvious to the player. read more
Major Movements

Major Movements

Early descriptions of the split step reported both feet landing on the court simultaneously after the athlete made a small jump and then reacted left, right, forward, or backward, depending on where the ball was hit. Now it is known that good athletes react in the air during the split and land on the foot farthest from their intended target a split second ahead of their other foot. read more
Six Physical Demands Tennis Players Must Meet

Six Physical Demands Tennis Players Must Meet

Players wanting to improve their games and reach the next level need to do more than simply play tennis to get fit; they also must get fit to play tennis. The use of powerful strokes, the repetitive nature of the game, the various court surfaces, individual game styles, and the variety of movement and stroke patterns and stances in tennis call for a proper tennis-specific conditioning program. read more
Can pregnant athletes compete?

Can pregnant athletes compete?

On June 26, 2014, Alysia Montaño, defending champion in the 800-meter event who had won a total of five national titles, joined a field of top runners on the track at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, during the U.S. National Track and Field Championship. What a difference a year had made in her performance, however. read more
Choosing Exercises and Progressions

Choosing Exercises and Progressions

When starting any new fitness program, begin at a level that will reinforce proper technique and movement patterns. This is especially important with strength ball training, which also challenges stability. read more
Basic and Advanced Doubles Strategies

Basic and Advanced Doubles Strategies

While the best players may use the strategies of the doubles game automatically now, they, too, were beginners at one time. Select one or two strategies to work on; when they become automatic to you and your partner, work on two more. read more
Three Questions to Define Functional Training

Three Questions to Define Functional Training

To better understand the concept of functional training, ask yourself a few simple questions. 1. How many sports are played sitting down? As far as I can tell, only a few sports, such as rowing, are performed from a seated position. If we accept this premise, we can see that training muscles from a seated position would not be functional for most sports. read more
Protect yourself and your players

Protect yourself and your players

Your biggest administrative duty is dealing with the medical side of sports. read more
Brief workout trains all major muscle groups

Brief workout trains all major muscle groups

Program 9.3 is an abbreviated workout that uses four basic free-weight exercises and two body-weight exercises to train the most important major muscle groups. read more
Guidelines for Total-Body Conditioning

Guidelines for Total-Body Conditioning

No approach to training is perfect, and this caution is certainly true when using maximum interval training as your workout program. This section gives you some things to keep in mind when putting together your program. read more
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