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Do you know what your playing style is? Do you like to come to the net and put the ball away with a volley or overhead? Or are you the type of player who likes to outlast your opponent by never missing a ball? Or do you like to hit the ball hard from the baseline, trying to dictate points and go for winners?
Being fit enough to endure a long match while pressuring your opponent could be the difference between winning and losing. Coaches know that good volleys are hit with the feet as well as the hands. You have to be in proper position to volley well. Therefore, training the legs is probably the most important activity you can participate in to become a good volleyer.
Proper movement skills are vitally important for success on the tennis court.
Being able to move well on the court is a huge component of successful tennis.
If you can’t get there, you can’t hit the ball. This oversimplifies the game, but
there is a lot of truth to it. We recommend you work on movement skills daily.
Tennis Anatomy brings your game to life with over 194 full-color anatomical illustrations depicting strokes and movements, strengthening exercises, and injury-prevention exercises. The 72 step-by-step exercises are arranged anatomically for shoulders, arms and wrists, chest, back, core, and legs, with explanations of how each affects performance.
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See your tennis game as you never have before. See what it takes to improve consistency and performance on the court. Tennis Anatomy will show you how to ace the competition by increasing strength, speed, and agility for more powerful serves and more accurate shots.
Tennis Anatomy includes more than 72 of the most effective exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting muscles in action.
Tennis Anatomy goes beyond exercises by placing you on the baseline, at the net, and on the service line. Illustrations of the active muscles for forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves show you how each exercise is fundamentally linked to tennis performance.
You'll also learn how exercises can be modified to target specific areas, improve your skills, and minimize common tennis injuries. Best of all, you'll learn how to put it all together to develop a training program based on your individual needs and goals.
Whether you’re a serve and volleyer, baseliner, or all-court player, Tennis Anatomy will ensure that you step onto the court ready to dominate any opponent.
Chapter 1: The Tennis Player in Motion
Chapter 2: Shoulders
Chapter 3: Arms and Wrists
Chapter 4: Chest
Chapter 5: Back
Chapter 6: Core and Torso
Chapter 7: Legs
Chapter 8: Rotational Strengthening
Chapter 9: Movement Drills
Chapter 10: Common Tennis Injuries
E. Paul Roetert, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), where he is responsible for promoting leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
Prior to this position, Roetert was the Managing Director of the United State Tennis Association’s (USTA’s) Player Development Program and Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships from 2002 to 2009. He has also served as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA, where he developed the sport science program.
Roetert has published extensively in the field of tennis, including several books, more than 20 book chapters, and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, a Master Professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and an Honorary Professional of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). He was the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis. Roetert holds a PhD in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut.
Mark S. Kovacs, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Sport Science and Coaching Education for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He was a collegiate All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in exercise science and a PhD in exercise physiology.
Mark has published and presented tennis-specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-CourtPerformance and is currently the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Mark is also still actively working as a strength and conditioning specialist training elite professional tennis players, including athletes who have participated in all of the Grand Slam tournaments.
"In TennisAnatomy, the authors do a terrific job of explaining how to use a balanced strength and conditioning program. The information is practical for all levels and an invaluable tool for better performance on the court." -- Paul Annacone, Current Coach of Roger Federer and Former Coach of Pete Sampras
"TennisAnatomy is an essential resource for both players and coaches. Roetert and Kovacs provide expert instruction and a one-of-a-kind look inside the game." -- John Isner, United States Davis Cup Player
“Tennis Anatomy has the finest anatomical illustrations and top-notch training recommendations. It’s a must-have for tennis players at any level seeking to improve their game and prevent injuries.” -- Todd Ellenbecker, Chairman of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) National Sport Science Committee, Coauthor of Complete Conditioning for Tennis andStrength Band Training, Second Edition