Tennis Anatomy (Paperback)
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See your tennis training in a brand new light. Tennis Anatomy, Second Edition, will show you how to dominate the competition by increasing strength, speed, and agility for more powerful serves and more accurate shots.
Emphasizing a movement-based approach to conditioning, Tennis Anatomy offers over 75 exercises designed to mimic the unique physical demands of the game and train the body as an integrated unit to maximize explosive power.
Each exercise offers step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. Exercises for the lower body, core, shoulders, back, chest, arms, and wrists—along with information on proper acceleration and deceleration mechanics, rotational strengthening, and lateral movement skills—will help you cover the court with strength and efficiency. Illustrations of the active muscles for forehands, backhands, volleys, and serves show you how each exercise is fundamentally linked to tennis performance.
You’ll also find exercises aimed to protect the body from common tennis injuries and tips for proper recovery so you are always ready to ace the competition.
Authors E. Paul Roetert and Mark Kovacs have worked at the highest levels of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and are experts in tennis training and performance. Their expertise, combined with stunning illustrations, ensures Tennis Anatomy will prepare you to dominate any opponent.
About the Author
E. Paul Roetert, PhD, is the director of education and strategic engagement for the Sport Science Institute of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Among other roles, he previously served as the chief executive officer of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), managing director of the player development program of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and tournament director for the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships.
Roetert has been a regular speaker across the globe and has published extensively in the fields of tennis, coaching education, and sport science, including five books, more than 25 book chapters, and well over 100 articles. He is an honorary professional of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), achieved master professional status with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) in 2005, and has been a frequent contributor to the coaching education program of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). In addition, he was the 2002 recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award for outstanding service to the game of tennis and received the 2017 Coach Development Legacy Award from the United States Center for Coaching Excellence. Roetert is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and holds a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut.
Mark Kovacs, PhD, CSCS,*D, is a human performance expert who combines his academic, scientific, and training backgrounds in the fields of fitness, health, wellness, nutrition, sports, and performance. He is the chief executive officer of the Kovacs Institute, a science-based institute focused on optimizing human performance, and the executive director of the International Tennis Performance Association. He was formerly the director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute and an executive in research and innovation with Pepsico.
Kovacs was as an All-American and NCAA champion tennis athlete and directed the sport science, strength and conditioning, and coaching education departments for the United States Tennis Association. He has been involved in elite-level tennis for more than 20 years and provided services to dozens of high-performing companies, teams, and leagues, including U.S. Soccer, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and the International Tennis Federation (ITF). He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was the 2011 recipient of the Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Kovacs received a doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama.
"Tennis Anatomy provides many practical applications of exercises designed to enhance the strength, conditioning, and level of play for everyone. Roetert and Kovacs use their years of vast experience to enhance the reader's understanding of not only what works, but why it works—and how to utilize this knowledge to improve health, well-being, and your level of play. A must-read for all!”
—Paul Annacone, Former Coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras
“Tennis Anatomy contains very practical and well-organized training information featuring tennis-specific exercises for the whole body. The high-quality anatomical drawings make this a must-have resource for coaches and players of all levels.”
—Miguel Crespo, PhD, Head of Participation and Coaching for the International Tennis Federation