CONCEPT OF PHYSICAL PREPARATION

Introduction

 

With this introduction we want to illustrate our concept of training, but at the same time to provide you with ideas and suggestions that are easily applicable on the tennis court and/or in the gym with your athletes.

 

Physical preparation is intended as a process for a BALANCED growth of the player, based on the needs and on the anthropometric/structural characteristics of the athlete and on the specific needs of the sport.

 

This process trough a "training plan" will be based on goal-setting and time workloads.  Progressive EXERCISES are the tools along the road to achieve goals and prepare for new ones. 

 

Attention will be given to the development of the tennis player both on the learning and in the competition stages. We truly believe in the holistic approach to increase the player’s skills to guarantee the balanced growth.

 

REMEMBER: THE PLAYER IS FAST AND SKILLFUL FIRST, TO BECOME THEN STRONG AND RESISTANT.

 

As follows an example that you can use on your practice court, so very simple and practical.

 

VIDEO - 1

 

EXAMPLE OF METHODOLOGY AND PLANNING:

  • Goal-setting for Tennis - athlete and coach define together common goals (Example: increase of strength at throwing or increase of sprint ability)
  • Testing - measurement to check how/how much the athlete is good at that particular skill (Example: measurement of the distance of a lateral throw with a 2kg medecine ball)
  • Definition of work period - 4 weeks in this case (Example: the month of February)
  • Planning and methodology - (the type of exercises, the number of sets, the number of repetitions, recovery times)
  • Retesting - repeat the test at the end of the 4 weeks 

 

As follows a few exercises (according to the goals set in the above mentioned example).

 

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In this example you'll find both analytical exercises - focussed on one body part only (useful if the athlete has deficits in that particular area; example: trunk rotation with the kettlebell) - and global exercises, involving the entire kinetic chain, i.e. the ensemble of body parts that synergically produce the global movement that we want to train.

 

This simple framework only allows to monitor the training process and is applicable to any type of work.