ACSM Fluid Replacement Guidelines
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently issued a press release highlighting and re-emphasizing the fluid needs of athletes. The release makes it clear that players should not rely on thirst as the signal telling them to drink more.
Does Time of Day Impact Performance?
The short answer is YES, it does. The body adapts to high-intensity exercise performed regularly at a specific time of day by increasing its work capacity at that time.
NATA Heat Illness Release
Many cases of exertional heat illness are preventable and can be successfully treated if such conditions are properly recognized and appropriate care is given in a timely manner. The main objective of the Inter-Association Task Force on Exertional Heat Illnesses Consensus Statement is to educate athletes, coaches, parents and medical staffs alike on what can be done to avert dehydration, exertional heat stroke (EHS), heat exhaustion, heat cramps and exertional hyponatremia. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association spearheaded this consensus in 2003.
How much tennis is too much tennis? This is an important question to ask, especially when considering the amount of stress that is placed on a tennis player’s body? How many balls can a player hit without putting undue stress on the shoulder? Is a player really given enough time to recover between matches or practices? These are questions for which research has yet to provide definitive answers, but they are still interesting points to consider.
Playing in the Heat
Whether you are getting ready to play in the extreme heat of the summer, 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 playing tennis in the heat. Why now?
Skin Cancer Fact Sheet
Skin cancer is something most tennis players are likely aware of, but how much do you really know about skin cancer and its prevention? Here are some facts about skin cancer.
The physiological demands of tennis and how a player’s body responds to meet these demands are not as clearly understood as they are for some other sports and activities. Tennis is characterized by intermittent bouts of activity of variable intensities and durations. Moreover, the length of a match can be less than an hour to more than four hours. Tennis can also be played on a variety of surfaces with a wide range of accompanying environmental conditions. All of these factors play a significant role in defining the energy demands on the body and how a player must physiologically respond.
Understanding Jet Lag
How many times have you or a player flown to a tournament and experienced fatigue, irritability, or decreases in your mental or physical performance after your arrival? If you, or one of your players, have felt this way after traveling it is likely you have experienced jet lag.
USOC Heat Summit
On September 17-19, 2003, the USOC held a summit on heat, hydration and pollution, looking specifically at how these environmental factors impact athletic performance. While the overall intention of the conference was to inform coaches about what to expect at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and how to prepare for the conditions there, a number of points were made that have relevance for tennis competitions as well.