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USTA.com Health & Fitness Archive

May 25, 2008 12:25 PM

Ask the High Performance Lab Columns

2007 Archive

Ask the Lab: Weight Training & Push-Ups
Ask the Lab: Leg Injuries & Hydration
Ask the Lab: Digital Video Library
Ask the Lab: Wrist Injuries
Ask the Lab: Heat & Hydration
Ask the Lab: Back Exercises & Strong Arms
Ask the Lab: Yoga & Stretching
Ask the Lab: Strong Legs & Exercise Programs
Ask The Lab: Weight Lifting & Stretching
Ask the Lab: Training for Young Players
Ask the Lab: Knee Problems & Tennis Elbow
Ask the Lab: Strength Training & Plantar Fasciitis
Ask the High Perfomance Lab: Hip Problems & Wrist Soreness
Ask the High Performance Lab -- January 8, 2007

2006 Archive

Ask the High Performance Lab -- December 18, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- December 11, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- December 4, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 27, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 20, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 13, 2006
Ask the High Peformance Lab -- November 6, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 30, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 23, 2006
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Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 9, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- June 26, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- June 19, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 30, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 22, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 15, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 1, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- April 24, 2006
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Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 27, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 20, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 13, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 6, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 27, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 20, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 13, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 6, 2006
Ask the High Performance Lab -- January 30, 2006

2005 Archive

Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 7
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 31
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 17
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 5
Ask the High Performance Lab -- August 1
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 16
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 2
Ask the High Performance Lab -- April 18
Ask the High Performance Lab -- April 4
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 28
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 14
Ask the High Performance Lab -- March 7
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 28
Ask the High Performance Lab -- February 7

2004 Archive

Ask the High Performance Lab -- December 20
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 22
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 15
Ask the High Performance Lab -- November 1
Ask the High Performance Lab -- October 18
Ask the High Performance Lab -- May 24
Ask the High Performance Lab -- June 7
Ask the High Performance Lab -- June 21
Ask the High Performance Lab -- July 5
Ask the High Performance Lab -- July 26
Ask the High Performance Lab -- August 23
Ask the High Performance Lab -- August 9

Health & Fitness Columns

Keeping your players hydrated – What are the key points?
No doubt, many of you reading this feel that you’ve heard enough regarding the importance of drinking plenty of fluids and the benefits of staying well hydrated. After all, your players seem to drink a lot of water during play and most tend to avoid severe problems such as cramping or having to retire due to overheating.

Dynamic Tennis Warm-Up
A dynamic warm-up is essentially stretching with movement and it represents a relatively new way of thinking about preparing your body to play tennis. A dynamic warm-up typically involves performing exercises like arm swings, lunges, and trunk twists - Exercises that warm the body up and get the muscles working. This has been shown to be a very effective way for preparing the body to play tennis.

Sport Science Myths Demystified
Can longer rackets increase your service percentage? Well, according to experts, if the contact point is raised a few inches, longer rackets can result in more serves going in. If you hit your serve hard and at maximum extension, the extra length can mean a higher service percentage. Should you apply the same swing speed for both your first and second serves? Will playing tennis make you a mentally tougher person? And are a bagels just as good to eat as sports energy bars? The USTA's Sport Science team demystifies several of the myths surrounding tennis exercise and nutrition.

Techniques & Conditioning: Cornerstones of Injury-free Tennis
Injuries are a fact of life in almost every physical activity, and tennis is no exception. With the amount of tennis that today’s high performance players play it is very unlikely that anyone will make it through their career without sustaining an injury of some sort. With that said, it is important to realize that not all injuries are created equal.

Functional Lunging for Enhanced On-Court Performance
Systematic strength and conditioning for tennis can dramatically improve a player's performance. As players strive to improve strength, explosive strength, balance/coordination, agility, power, and injury prevention capability, proper off-court training has become as important to many players as tennis play itself.

Playing in the Heat: Reducing the Risk, While Enhancing Performance
Whether you are getting ready to play some winter events in the South, or even if you will not be competing in the heat until next summer, now is a great time to reassess your strategy for minimizing the risk and problems associated with hot weather tennis. Why now?

The Female Athlete Triad: Old Bones in Young Women
The Female Athlete Triad is a set of related medical problems found in physically active women: disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. It was first described in 1992. Hopefully, after reading this article you will recognize symptoms of the Triad in tennis players you coach and can help recognize and prevent it.

Performance Strategy Doesn't End at Match Point
Most players and coaches are familiar with warming up and getting the body prepared to engage in a high-intensity activity. The cool-down, on the other hand, is less understood but no less important to performance. A proper cool-down is an essential part of a post-match routine and can aid a player's physical recovery and preparation for the next practice or match.

Strength Training for Young Tennis Players
Strength training and conditioning are becoming necessities in today's tennis game as play continues to get faster and players hit the ball with more power from everywhere on the court. As coaches, players and parents realize this they want to get their players involved in a strength and conditioning program, often at younger and younger ages. There are a lot of questions surrounding strength training, especially when we start talking about younger players. Through a series of questions and answers, this article will look at some of the questions and dispel some of the 'myths' surrounding youth strength training.

Dynamic Flexibility
Various methods of flexibility exercise and stretching have been recommended through the years with the purpose of improving performance as well as preventing injury.

An Integrated Approach to Mental Skills Training
Mental skills are internal capabilities that help athletes control their minds efficiently and consistently as they execute sport-related goals. Mental skills training provides the methods and techniques to not only develop skills such as concentration and positive body language, but also to foster personal characteristics such as self-esteem and positive competitive skills and behaviors.

Wrist Management: Prevention of Wrist Injuries in Tennis Players
The repetitive demands placed upon the wrist of elite players frequently lead to injury. Loads placed upon the wrist can result in the development of tendonitis in the muscle tendon units that cross the joint and provide both stability and movement of the forearm wrist and hand. Additionally, stress fractures, ligament sprains, and tears in the cartilage at the end of the forearm bone (ulna) can also occur and limit performance.

Tips for the Nutrition Advantage
Tennis has evolved into a "power sport." Players need to sustain the quick anaerobic movements required by the sport for matches that can last several hours. The competitive tennis season also is held during the warmer months where a high heat index and hot court surfaces are common environments. These conditions make tennis players targets for dehydration and heat illness. The tennis training diet should be focused on high-energy foods and adequate hydration, timed appropriately before and after multiple competitions. The following guidelines help develop successful nutrition and hydration practices for players.

 

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