Category Archives : Injury Prevention

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Undergrip Shoulder Dislocates

In the last article about the benefits of Shoulder Dislocates for Healthy Shoulders we practiced the overgrip dislocate exercise: the stick is in front of you and the palms are facing you, backward.  Another version—a possibly slightly harder one, called undergprip shoulder dislocates—is when the stick is behind you and the palms are facing forward. You may need to get your grip a little […]


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Shoulder Dislocates For Healthy Shoulders

If there is one (one and only) exercise that you should do for the health of your shoulders, this is it. The modern man’s (and woman’s) shoulders are unfortunately quite dysfunctional. They don’t move in the full range of motion. The chest muscles are too tight and pulling the shoulders forward. The muscles in the upper back and rear shoulders […]


Basic Feet and Ankles Exercises for Pain-Free Performance

If you wish for a pain-free athletic life, your feet and hips are the most important structures in your athletic performance and injury prevention. Your feet and ankles impact the mechanics of the muscles and joints in the entire body, and if the mechanics are faulty, your entire body—especially the hips and torso—will suffer from faulty mechanics. Improve the strength […]


Cold Shower to Improve Performance and Health

Cold showers, cold baths and exposing oneself to cold temperatures in a smart way has been a remedy for treating many ailments by various cultures for decades. Many amateur and professional athletes use “cryotherapy”, which is immersion in ice cold water. There are huge benefits from taking cold showers and baths. I have started to take cold showers first thing […]


Pain in the Butt and How to Get Rid of Piriformis Problems

Pain in the butt can be a real pain the butt. Literally. Or idiomatically. Tennis players, runners, ball players, or even when walking or standing a lot, you have probably experienced this discomfort that just stays with you and doesn’t want to go away whatever you do. Sometimes you can have a numb, tingling, or burning sensation going down the […]


Strong Shoulders with Overhead Carry

Overhead carry exercises strengthen your shoulders, triceps, and wrists, while engaging the core, back, hips and legs. Strong shoulders should be one of the focus points of every tennis player. Your goals are: both shoulders the same strong, or at least as close as possible both shoulders the same flexible explosive strength endurance strength mobility Carrying weights overhead requires a […]


Spreading Toes for Enhanced Foot Function and Improved Performance

Spreading toes sounds like something we don’t do very often. Can you spread your toes as easily as you can spread your fingers? Can you move your toes independently and as you want? Or do they have “life on their own”? Which means: when you want to move your big toe, all the other toes follow… If your toes have life […]


Hamstring Stretch for Lower Back Pain

Hamstrings are the muscles in the back of the upper leg. In tennis players, they are often too weak. In general population, the hamstrings are often too short and tight, which can cause different issues and aches, including lower back pain. The hamstrings are extremely important for effective sprinting and powerful running strides on the tennis court. They bend the leg […]


Suzanna McGee, Author

9 Reasons Why Every Athlete Needs Omega-3s

Often people take Omega-3s because they hear it is really good for their health and for the heart. According the American Heart Association the omegas should be keeping the arteries clear and reducing the triglyceride levels. In the standard american diet (SAD) we consume way too many Omega-6s and while the ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s should be almost 1:1, […]