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Health and Fitness

Participating in tennis comes with many health and fitness benefits. Playing competitively burns more calories some other popular exercises, including aerobics. There are many physical reasons to play tennis, and they help with fitness and improved health.

 

Focusing on nutrition and agility, tennis helps to prevent injury while maintaining higher energy levels. The health benefits of tennis are plentiful, but you’ll also be developing a work ethic and learning to compete one-on-one with ups and downs through each game.

 

Tennis is a game that helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and our tips from USTA show you how to use tennis to your health advantage.


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  • SLEEP MATTERS
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Sleep is where the magic happens. It’s proven to decrease fatigue, increase energy, enhance focus at match time and accelerate post-match recovery time. Read More
  • SNACK SMARTER
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Athletes require a lot of energy to power through practices, workouts and busy schedules. Snacks are the perfect option when you’re on the go and can’t slow down. Read More
  • DOES TIMING MATTER?
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    When you eat is just as important as what you eat. Paying attention to what you eat before, during and after practices and matches can help you maintain energy levels, decrease injury risk and promote recovery. Read More
  • PREVENTING BLISTERS
    Elizabeth Chaffin & Dr. Alexis Colvin
    Prevent blisters and keep your feet in top shape no matter how often you hit the court. Read More
  • Vincent Huang, MD, explains how wheelchair tennis can offer a challenging and exciting outlet while playing an important role in the rehabilitation process. Read More
  • From being creative with equipment to trying new things, like yoga, here are some ideas for workouts when you're at home and can't make it to the court or the gym. Read More
  • PLAYING WHILE PREGNANT
    Dr. Alexis Colvin, USTA Chief Medical Officer
    Exercise provides many benefits for good health, and that doesn't stop for a woman when she becomes pregnant. Read More
  • NUTRITION FOR RECOVERY
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    After intense training sessions, what you eat really matters. Choosing the right foods can help replenish energy depleted in your muscles and liver, repair damaged muscle fibers and reduce inflammation throughout your body. Read More
  • Nutrition at home
    Tara Gidus-Collingwood
    From info on eating your first meal of the day, to advice on snacking, food intake and more, here are some tips for nutrition while staying at home. Read More
  • NUTRITION FOR VEGETARIANS
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Are you a ‘no meat’ athlete worried about health and performance? While nutritional deficiencies are easy to come by with these diets, consuming a wholesome diet will help prevent nutritional deficiencies. Read More
  • HYDRATION MATTERS
    Tara Gidus Collingwood & Trish Kellogg
    Hydration is one of the most important components of athletic performance. It is especially important for tennis players since the sport is usually played in hot, humid weather, and without a time limit. Read More
  • MACRO BREAKDOWN: FAT
    Tara Gidus Collingwood & Trish Kellogg
    Fat is an essential macronutrient for the body that is a long-lasting energy source that leaves you feeling satisfied and is critical in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, regulation of hormones, functioning of the brain, and conduction of nerve signals. Read More
  • HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    If you’re an athlete trying to lose weight, finding a balance between energy in and energy out can be tough. It’s all about eating the right food in the right amount at the right times. Read More
  • BENEFITS OF OMEGA-3
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential in all of the body’s cells, especially in the brain. Here are the exercise benefits you can gain from Omega-3 fatty acids. Read More
  • HEALTHY WEIGHT GAIN
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    If you’re an athlete trying to gain weight, you may be eating more, but are you eating more of the right foods? Read More
  • WHY PROTEIN IS IMPORTANT
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    In order to properly function, our bodies require a balance of the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Protein is essential in our daily diets and work together to keep us healthy and performing at our best. Read More
  • Mount Sinai orthopedic sports medicine surgeons who travel with the Fed Cup and Davis Cup teams explain why sports medicine is important for elite players and for you. Read More
  • Michael Hausman, MD, joins USTA to explain why wrist injuries in tennis are more common and what you can do if your wrist is giving you trouble. Learn more. Read More
  • Positioning yourself for a consistent, comfortable contact zone can help mitigate the risk of arm injuries. Learn more from USTA National Campus Director of Tennis Kathy Woods. Read More
  • Matt McCoy, USTA National Committee member and chair of the USTA Texas Sports Science Committee, explains how the VO2 max test can be adapted for wheelchair tennis players. Read More
  • Athletes can optimize antioxidant intake by focusing on a diet that is rich in whole foods, lean proteins and healthy fats. Here are some key nutrients to focus on. Read More
  • THE BENEFITS OF FIBER
    Tara Gidus Collingwood
    Found in most plant foods, fiber provides many healthy benefits and is associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers, diabetes, digestive disorders, and heart disease. Read More
  • Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because it “breaks the fast” from the previous night’s slumber and supplies the body with an initial burst of fuel. Read More
  • A Mount Sinai sports medicine specialist offers some suggestions on how to maximize your performance and enjoy the benefits of tennis as long as possible. Read More
  • FIVE TIPS TO STAYING COOL
    Dr. Alexis Colvin, USTA Chief Medical Officer
    Summer is just around the corner, and with the weather heating up outside, it's good to plan ahead with ways to stay cool on court. Read More