Physical performance changes after unsupervised training during the autumn/spring semester break in competitive tennis players

  • Kovacs M
  • Pritchett R
  • Wickwire P
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: All competitive tennis players take time away from coaches throughout the year; however, little information is available as to the short-term physiological effect of these breaks. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the impact of a 5 week off-campus structured, yet unsupervised, break from regular training in top collegiate tennis players. METHODS: A nationally ranked collegiate NCAA Division I male tennis team (n = 8) performed a test battery in December and again in January after a 5 week period of recommended, yet unsupervised, training. The tests performed were 5, 10 and 20 m sprints, spider agility test, medicine ball power throws, standing long jump, Wingate anaerobic power test, VO2max, push-up and sit-up test, grip strength and range of motion (ROM) measures (goniometer) of the shoulder, hip, hamstring and quadriceps. RESULTS: Paired t tests (p

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Authors

  • Mark S. Kovacs

  • Robert Pritchett

  • P. Jason Wickwire

  • J. Matthew Green

  • Phillip Bishop

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