Can laboratory-based tennis profiles predict field tests of tennis performance?

Arlette C. Perry, Xuewen Wang, Brandon B. Feldman, Tiffany Ruth, Joseph Signorile

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Abstract

The present study examined the impact of physical characteristics of adolescent competitive tennis players (13-18 years) on field tests of tennis performance. Results (n = 33) showed that boys were taller (p = 0.001), possessed greater wingspan (p = 0.030), had greater maximum oxygen consumption (p = 0.001), and performed better on isokinetic strength measurements. Multiple regression analyses controlling for age and sex showed that height (p = 0.025), maximum minute ventilation (p = 0.005), and isokinetic strength measurements significantly and positively affected ball velocity. Knee extension average power was the only variable to positively and significantly affect ball placement (p = 0.040); however, several isokinetic strength measurements negatively affected ball placement. For the nondominant side, down-the-line strokes showed reduced accuracy (p = 0.001) and ball velocity (p = 0.001) compared with cross-court strokes. Given our results, resistance training may be beneficial for the performance of on-court tennis play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-143
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of strength and conditioning research
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • Flexibility measures
  • Isokinetic strength variables
  • Physical fitness variables
  • Tennis performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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