Yearly Archives: 2010


Kneeling Quadriceps Stretch

Quadriceps, the muscle in the front of your thigh, is one of the most powerful muscles in the body. You use it for all the movements on the tennis court: running, jumping, lunging, and squatting. The more you use it, the shorter it gets, and the risk of injury increases. Often the risk is even higher if there are differences […]


Jumping Lunges for Power and Explosiveness

Tennis players at all levels and ages are regularly participating in strength training, which is very important for maximizing performance and preventing injuries. But ultimately, speed and explosiveness of the movement determines who is stronger, faster and quicker on the tennis court. Plyometric exercises help to develop these qualities. During plyometric movements the muscles become loaded, coiled, compressed and then released […]


Four Square Agility Drill

Agility – the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble – is ability to change the position of your body efficiently using all your muscles in harmony, and with combination of balance, coordination, speed, strength and stamina. For a tennis player at any level, fast feet are a huge advantage. On the tennis court, you have to […]


External Hip Stretch

Hips are extremely important for a tennis player. Tight hips limit the range of motion and ease of movement on the court and can cause muscle strains and tendinitis. For example, if you need to get low down for a shot and if your hips are tight, you will bend in the waist rather then flexing your hips and knees […]


Dynamic and Static Stretching

Flexibility training is possibly the least popular and the most underrated element of tennis fitness training. Even though you might have heard a lot of contradicting opinions about the importance of stretching in the injury prevention, it is obvious that the flexibility of the muscles and joints plays an important roll in any athletic movement. The definition of flexibility is “the […]


Side Plank with Leg Lift for Strong Core

Think how many times you bend and twist during your normal day, and how many times you twist and untwist your upper body on the tennis court. The muscles responsible for the motion are obliques, located on the sides of your core and often forgotten about. We use the obliques much more than we realize. Your athletic performance will improve dramatically […]


Kinesio Taping for Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention

You have probably seen many tennis players or other athletes with those beautifully colored tapes – bright blue, bright pink, black – all over the bodies in any possible visual formation. Besides looking cool, what does it do? This technique is called “kinesio taping”. The idea comes from the kinesiology science (therefore the name “kinesio”) and is based on the body’s […]