Efficient Deceleration: The Forgotten Factor in Tennis-Specific Training


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Abstract

SUMMARYEFFICIENT DECELERATION IS PARAMOUNT TO ALLOW FOR FAST AND EXPLOSIVE CHANGES OF DIRECTION. BECAUSE MOST TENNIS POINTS HAVE BETWEEN 3 AND 7 CHANGES OF DIRECTIONS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPONENTS IN CHANGE OF DIRECTION MOVEMENTS IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF COMPETITIVE PLAY. TRAINING FOR TENNIS REQUIRES A STRONG UNDERSTANDING NOT ONLY OF THE ACCELERATION ASPECTS OF MOVEMENT BUT ALSO THE NEED FOR TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE REVIEW TENNIS MOVEMENTS FROM BOTH AN UPPER- AND LOWER-BODY PERSPECTIVE AND DESCRIBE THE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF TENNIS-SPECIFIC DECELERATION WITH PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF DECELERATION TRAINING IDEAS.

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