Suggestions for designing a tennis-specific strength and conditioning program

Faccioni, A, Pearce, Alan J and Fisher, D (2004) Suggestions for designing a tennis-specific strength and conditioning program. International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sports Science Review (34). pp. 7-11.


In tennis, the optimal execution of any given stroke requires different adaptations of learned motor patterns in coordination with the requirements of strength, power, speed, agility and balance. Strength and conditioning training not only prepares the athletes for such demands, but also enables complete integration with the tactical/technical and psychological elements of the sport. Meaningful integration of conditioning training with the required game skills assists the athletes’ understanding of these requirements of the sport. Further, results of such integrated programs are athletes that enjoy their physical training as much as playing tennis. This article aims to give coaches who may also be responsible for their athlete(s) conditioning sessions some suggestions in designing programs that are specific to the sport as well as giving athletes meaningful exercises at training.

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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords tennis, strength training, coaching
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