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The USTA Sport Science Committee is comprised of 16 members who in many cases are both experts and world leaders within their respective areas of sport science.  The current members of the Sport Science Committee are listed below along with the Player Development Council Chair, Barbara Brewer.

 

Mitchel Alpert, MD Cardiology  
Rafael Bahamonde, PhD Biomechanics  
George Branche III, MD Sports Medicine (Orthopedics)  Vice Chair
Jeff Chandler, EdD Exercise Physiology  
Todd Ellenbecker, DPT Sports Medicine (Physical Therapy) Chair
Douglas Eng, EdD Sport Psychology  
Barbara Fackel   Player Counsel Chair
Dan Gould, PhD Sport Psychology  
Brian Hainline, MD Neurology Chief Medical Officer
Tommy Ho   Board Liaison
Ben Kibler, MD Sports Medicine (Orthopedics)  
Ellen Rome, MD Adolescent Medicine  
Kathleen Stroia, PT, ATC Sports Medicine (Physical Therapy)  
Gary Windler, MD Sports Medicine (Orthopedics)  
Michael Yorio, MD Sports Medicine (Internal Medicine)  
 
For more information on becoming a committee member click here.
 

The committee members work in all the areas of the sport sciences and meet several times per year.  The committee has been involved in many important projects, including updating the Level II sport science tests for coaches, developing and updating flexibility educational materials, and refining a performance profile tool to be used on elite junior tennis players. In addition, the committee is continuing its efforts to publish new tennis research and report on tennis research that is taking place throughout the world.

The USTA Sport Science Committee is also involved in the review and funding of both directed and general research grants to facilitate the performance of tennis specific research.  The USTA Sport Science Committee works closely with the USA Tennis High Performance Staff.  This working relationship ranges from the application of sport science expertise for the purpose of helping top American players improve on-court performance as well as serving as faculty presenters for the educational programs like the High Performance Coaching Program. 

The Sport Science Committee serves as a vital link between the world of science and the world of tennis.  Through the dedication of the present and past committee members, much work has been completed that has benefited recreational as well as professional players.



 

As part of the mission of the USTA Sport Science Committee " To produce, evaluate, and disseminate sport science and sports medicine information relevant to tennis ", the USTA Sport Science Committee reviewed research proposals and provided research grants for the most deserving projects over a nearly 20 year period. This report summarizes the most significant findings of the research studies that received funding from the USTA during this time period. As part of receiving a USTA research grant, researchers were not only required to complete their scientific research but also to provide relevant applications for coaches, players and parents to further the knowledge in tennis science and tennis medicine.

As committee chairs during this time period, we would like to thank the many committee members who served and assisted with this process and helped to facilitate both the direction and quality of these research projects. It is through the continued pursuit of tennis-specific research that we can continue to gain insight into optimal methods and techniques for enhancing performance and preventing injuries.

We hope that the research summaries provided herein can help to further our understanding of the many factors needed to produce elite level tennis players. We acknowledge the support and role the United States Tennis Association has played in making this research possible. We are hopeful that directed research from the USTA sportscience committee can continue as there remain so many unanswered questions in the areas of injury prevention, strength and conditioning, psychology, recovery and even in highlighting the health benefits of the game of tennis. We again thank the researchers, and committee members for making this body of work available for dissemination. Below you will find each individual grant summarized in poster format available for download as a PDF file. For a copy of all the studies in one large file please click here.


Table of Contents

Psychological

1987- Enhanced Learning through Video Assisted Training. Hawes, T.

1989- Analysis of Psychological Performance Inventory and Competitive Adjective Profile. Brown, S.W. University of Connecticut

1989- Tennis Ability and its Influence on Perception. Issacs, L. Wright State University

1990- A Case Study of the Effectiveness of a Mental Training Program. Brown, S.W.

1990- Parent-Player Tennis Training Program Evaluation. Brown, S.W. University of Connecticut

1990- Factors Influencing Tennis Coaches Ability to Predict Anxiety Level in Their Players. Gould, D. and Krane, V. The University of North Carolina and Bowling Green State University

1990- Visual Performance in Senior Tennis. Kukla, D., Love, P. and Allen, S. of the University of Alabama, Birmingham and Bossier Eyes (Bossier City, Louisiana)

1990- Effects of Gender and Training Type Anticipation in Children. Overdorf 1, V., Barnett 2, B. William Patterson College1 , Manhattan College2

1990- Assessing Players’ Thoughts and Emotions During Competition. Pease, D. Ph.D., Schilder, R. M.S. University of Houston

1990- A Case Study of the Effectiveness of a Mental Training Program. Stainback, R.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham

1993- Burnout in Competitive Junior Tennis Players. Gould, D.1, Tuffey, S.1, Udry, S.1, & Loehr, J.2 Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina Greensboro1Loehr-Groppel Sports Science Associates, Wesley Chapel, Florida2

1996- An Examination of Mental Skills Training in Junior Tennis Coaches: Focus Groups. Gould, D., Damarjian, N., and Medbery, R. University of North Carolina Greensboro

1997- A Survey of Mental Skills Training Knowledge, Opinions, and Practices of Junior Tennis Coaches. Gould, D., Medbery, R., Damarjian, N., and Lauer, L. University of North Carolina Greensboro

1997-Updated Sport Psychology Program for the USTA 12 Zonal Championships.Taylor, J. of Alpine/Taylor Consulting Medbery, R., Damarjian, N., and Lauer, L. University of North Carolina Greensboro

1998- Retaining Participants in the Sport of Tennis: A Literature Review and Evidence-Based Recommendations. Annessi, J.J. Rutgers University

1998- Increasing Athletes’ POWER to Solve Problems. Brylinsky, J. & Frauenknecht, M. Western Michigan University

1998- The Use of Visual Information for Anticipation in Highly Skilled Tennis Players. Carlton, L.G. & Chow, J.W. Department of Kinesiology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1998- Attitudes Towards Weight in Junior Women’s Tennis Players. Foltz, S., and Harris, M. the University of New Mexico.

1999- Fostering and Maintaining Motivation among Urban Youth Tennis Players. Fry, M.D., and Newton, M. the University of Memphis and University of New Orleans

1999- Junior Tennis Parent-Player Survey. Hamilton, S. of Seena Hamilton & Associates, Inc and Purdle of Sports Research Team of Columbia University

2001- Athletic Perceived Competence and Self-Evaluation Processes in Adult Tennis Players. Sheldon, J.P. Department of Behavioral Sciences University of Michigan-Dearborn

2002- A Stress Reduction Program for Competitive Junior Tennis Players. Giacobbi, P. and Lynn, T.K. Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida

2003- Understanding the Role Parents Play in Junior Tennis: Phase 1 Focus Groups with Junior Coaches. Gould, D.1, Lauer, L.1, Rolo, C.2, Jannes, C.2, & Pennisi, N.S.2 Michigan State University1,University of North Carolina Greensboro2

2003- Understanding the Role Parents Play in Junior Tennis: Phase 2 Survey of CTC Coaches. Gould, D.1, Lauer, L.1, Rolo, C.2, Jannes, C.2, & Pennisi, N.S.2 Michigan State University1, University of North Carolina Greensboro2

2003- Understanding the Role Parents Play in Junior Tennis Success: Phase 3 Interviews: Players, Parents, and Coaches. Gould, D., Lauer, L., Roman, N., and Pierce, M. Michigan State University

2005- The Effect of Congruence of Leadership Behaviors on Motivation, Commitment, and Satisfaction in College Tennis. Andrew, D.P.S.1 & Kent, R.A.W.2 Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville,1 Department of Sport Management, Recreation Management and Physical Education, Florida State University2

 Physical

1989- How Fit are World Class Tennis Players? Chappell, A., Essenmacher, J., Iseminger, T., Howell, W. and Lee, L. of Eli Lilly and Company and St. Vincent’s Hospital (Indianapolis, IN)

1989- The Effect of Resistance Training of the Forehand Groundstroke. Edwards, R.F. and Witchey, R.L., California State University, Fullerton.

1989-A Total Arm Strength Isokinetic Profile of Highly Skilled Tennis Players. Ellenbecker, T.S. Scottsdale Sports Clinic

1989- Movement Time, Range of Motion, and Timing Accuracy. Siegal, D. Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Smith College

1990- Tennis: A Physiological Profile During Matchplay. Bergeron, M.F. Human Performance Laboratory, University of Connecticut

1990- Dietary Counseling with Elite Tennis Players. Swank, A. Ph.D., Peavy M., M.S., Pickering, K. M.S. Exercise Physiology Laboratory, University of Louisville

1991- Effects of Biomechanical Feedback on the Tennis Serve. McLennan, J.P. University of California at Berkley

1993- Fluid-Electrolyte Balance Associated With Tennis Match Play in a Hot Environment. Bergeron, M.F. & Maresh, C.M. Human Performance Laboratory University of Connecticut

1995- Talent Identification in Junior Tennis. Lacourse, M. and Young, D. California State University at Long Beach

1996- A Range of Motion Conditioning Program for Junior Tennis. Kibler, W.B., and Chandler, T.J. Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Lexington KY

1997- Investigation of the Open Stance and Square Stance Forehand Drives. Bahamonde, R.1 & Knudson, D.2 Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis,1 California State University, Chico 2

1997- Biomechanical Analysis of the Tennis Volley. Chow, J.W., &Carleton, L.G. University of Illinois

1997- The One-Handed Backhand and Tennis Elbow. Knudson, D. and Blackwell, J. of Baylor University and the University of Texas at El Paso

1998- An Isokinetic Profile Of Trunk Rotation Strength In Elite Tennis Players. Ellenbecker, T.1 and Roetert, P.2 Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ1, American Sport Education Program2

1998- The Consistency of Pre-Service Routine as a Predictor of Serve Accuracy. Weinblatt, B., M.S., Kuhlman, J. M.S. Indiana State University

2002- Effect of Ball Size on Reaction Time, Racquet Acceleration, and Muscular Activity During the Tennis Volley. Chow, J.W.1, Andrew, D.P.S.1, & Knudson, D.V.2 Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida1, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, California State University at Chico2

2004- Lower Back Movement and Muscle Activity During the Tennis Service. Chow, J.W., Park, S.A. and Tillman, M.D. Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida

2007- Muscle Activation in Coupled Scapulohumeral Motions in the High Performance Tennis Serve. Kibler1, W.B., Chandler2, J.T., Shapiro3, R., Conuel3, M. Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Lexington, Kentucky1, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama2, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky3

 


 

























































 
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