ECHN Strength & Conditioning Makes a Racket

Mar 27, 2012 -  MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT (March 27, 2012) – Tennis, played worldwide, is one of the most popular racket sports. A high number of tennis enthusiasts at both the competitive and recreational level, will at some point in their careers sustain an overuse injury. For tennis players, improper or inadequate physical and technical training may be the cause of most overuse injuries.¹

The ECHN Strength & Conditioning program offers some simple ways that you can reduced your chances of injury so that you can spend more time on the court!

1. Remember to always warm up and cool down to reduce your risk of muscle and joint injuries. Warming up prepares the muscles for activity while cooling down prevents soreness and tightness in muscles as well as promotes recovery.

2. Performing proper technique when serving and swinging is especially important to prevent injuries to the elbow and wrist. If you are a beginner, take lessons from a qualified coach or instructor to develop basic and adequate skills and technique.

3. Don’t Over Do It! Your body needs rest and recovery in order to give muscles time to heal and your body time to refuel. By not allowing for sufficient rest and recovery after activity, you risk muscle strains, sprains or tears, overuse injuries, fatigue, and decreased performance abilities.

4. Tennis-specific strength & conditioning is crucial for minimizing the potentially dangerous injuries and adaptations that can occur with long-term, high-intensity tennis play.² In fact, inadequate physical preparation is believed to play a major role in most sports-related injuries.³ Common activities incorporated into a strength & conditioning program include – resistance training, speed and agility training, and flexibility and balance training.

Participation in an ECHN Strength & Conditioning Program is a great way to ensure that your training reaps maximum benefits while significantly limiting your chances for injuries. Our Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists are educated and trained to design programs for all sports and skill levels in a safe and positive environment.

If you would like more information or have questions regarding the ECHN Strength & Conditioning program please contact our Strength & Conditioning Coach at slang-rodean@echn.org or call (860) 647-6485.

1. Tennis – preventing injury (2012) Better Health Channel. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Tennis_preventing_injury?open
2. Tennis technique and injury prevention. (2004) USA Tennis. http://assets.usta.com/assets/1/USTA_Import/USTA/dps/doc_437_102.pdf
3. National Strength and Conditioning Association. Strength and Conditioning Journal. Approaching Physical Preparation for Youth Team-Sports Players. Volume 30, Number 1. 2008. www.nsca-lift.org


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