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The first edition provides a developmental approach to the various aspects of strength and conditioning for tennis based on new concepts that have been fueled by scientific research and hands on field experience. Over 1000 athletes have been developed using the information and procedures provided in this edition, which are supported by a selected pool of peer-reviewed references.  Any quality textbook shouldn’t merely provide an explanation of the underlying scientific principles but also illustrate how the information can be effectively applied in order to yield a superior outcome. Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning for Tennis will be available in print and e-book format summer 2012. You may pre-order a copy by filling out the contact form at http://www.tennis-conditioning-book.com

The main reason for writing the book was the unsatisfactory outcome of my own career as a tennis player, which was greatly impacted by the incompetency on the part of the high-performance coaches I experienced, and the difficulties I encountered during the process of becoming a well-rounded, competent coach.

From a coach’s or educational standpoint, there was the lack of a cohesive, quality, tennis-specific resource that provided coaches and players with a solid educational foundation for the effective development of various athletic performance parameters. Therefore, the first edition provides the reader with a comprehensive and cohesive body of knowledge and applications that can be utilized to develop all aspects of athletic conditioning for all skill levels, from recreational players to college athletes to professional player, in a safe and professional environment. The reader will gain insight into how to evaluate and enhance all aspects of tennis conditioning in a developmental fashion, which is essential for improving the overall level of play on the tennis court, while minimizing the risk for injury.

 

Background

In this context, strength & conditioning can be defined as the study of athletic performance optimization through various forms of training. Advanced Concepts of Strength and Conditioning for Tennis relates to all forms of training suited for tennis players and is intended to provide a strength & conditioning foundation, which strives to optimize force production capabilities of the human body during unstable, dynamic applications, as experienced during a tennis match. Although the subject of strength & conditioning has been presented from many different angles, I have focused on refining the interaction between the musculoskeletal – and nervous system for optimal sports performance.  I hope this textbook provides a valuable educational resource to for a wide range of tennis players and coaches, both recreational and professional.

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Approach

It has been my goal to write a textbook that illustrates a developmental approach to athletic conditioning that can easily be understood and utilized by tennis players and coaches of all skill levels. The content is organized in sensible, constructive order where each chapter first provides explanation of underlying scientific principles and then presents practical solutions in form of applications or exercises, which have been selected and grouped based on purpose, training emphasis, and skill level.

This textbook represents the essence of nearly 10 years of experience as a professional coach working with collegiate and professional athletes. This experience comes from a combination of research, study, playing, coaching, and teaching activities that have laid the foundation for a better understanding of the different areas of expertise required from a coach. During my time at Florida International University and being on tour, I developed an integrated strength & conditioning approach consisting of eight distinct training phases. This integrated approach is based on a library of research material, applications, and exercises aimed at developing and maximizing the athletes’ athletic potential while minimizing the risk for injury and thereby helping them to raise their game to the next level. Over time, this library of research material, applications, and exercises evolved into the blueprint for this 1st edition of Advanced Concepts of Strength and Conditioning for Tennis.

Organization

The organization of the textbook reflect the sensible steps used during the developmental approach to athletic conditioning. The textbook contains eight chapters, divided into three sections.

Section I, consisting of chapters 1 – 3, provides the essential topics of career development, kinesiology, and exercise physiology, including an introduction to the four pillars of success, terminology, basic concepts, and basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and the body’s internal environment.

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Section II, chapters 4 through 7, focus on the various aspects of athletic conditioning in sensible order. Chapter 4, Fitness Assessment, lays the initial foundation for optimal training by addressing methods of performance measurement since fitness assessments must take place before a comprehensive training program can be developed and implemented. Chapter 5 provides various static, dynamic, and ballistic stretching techniques, which can be used to correct possible deficiencies found during the fitness assessment. Chapter 6 introduces a formidable arsenal of resistance training exercises that can be utilized during all phases of training whereas chapter 7 provides exercises for speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) development through a wide range of medicine ball, speed ladder, cone, and various other body weight drills.

Section III encompasses the final chapter addressing current research, hot topics, and applications concerning proper sports nutrition such as nutrient timing and ingestion.

The textbook is specifically designed for the purpose of teaching and applying. Therefore, exercise science concepts are being introduced at the beginning of the chapter followed by corresponding practical applications or exercises, which allows the reader to expand his/her competency while offering a resource of immediate practical solutions and training recommendations. Practical applications presented include:

  • body composition tests
  • flexibility and performance tests
  • dynamic stretching, static stretching, and ballistic stretching
  • auxiliary exercises, compound exercises, integrated strength & power exercises, stability exercises, functional exercises, ballistic exercises, and plyometric exercises

Multiple practical applications a presented throughout each chapter providing detailed descriptions in conjunction with pictures, diagrams, and videos. This information provides the foundation for understanding many of the tests and exercises used in strength & conditioning for amateur and professional tennis players.

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Pre-Oder

Advanced Concepts of Strength & Conditioning for Tennis will be available in print and e-book format summer 2012. You may preorder a copy by filling out the contact form at http://www.tennis-conditioning-book.com