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    Thoracic spine mobility for tennis

    Tennis players, as well as many athletes from other sports, can, in my experience, get very tight in the thoracic spine area. Low back and shoulder issues in tennis seem to be fairly commonplace in tennis. As I like to say, however, just because something is common, does not make it right! We should...

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    Strength & Conditioning – engaging young players!

    Getting Buy-In Early! One of the Squads I do some S&C coaching in is our Futuros squad, for those U10 players on our Aspire to Excel programme. I work in with 2-3 coaches and we rotate groups approximately every 20 minutes. After an initial skills session, we look to break into the small groups and...

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    Tennis Conditioning Session – Tues 11th March

    Had a great conditioning session with Lauren Armstrong this morning. A little off the cuff but went as follows: 100yd repeats – on the minute every minute for 15 reps Followed by the following circuit repeated 4 times (5mins per circuit including rest at end): Cone Agility drill – 20s (20s...

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    Movement is key

    Some great movement work with Joel Good this morning. Worked a lot on loosening out the hips to help with his lateral movement. Here he is using the hurdles to loosen the hips with a ‘pre-turn’ movement as a movement-prep drill. Remember, movement is key on the tennis court!

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    Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care

    “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”   At Halton Tennis Centre we have this phrase on little posters all around the club; the one in the picture above is on the back of the toilet door! I couldn’t get away from it if I tried, so it’s a

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    Federer’s Aussie Open Draw

    The draw for any Grand Slam is often closely scrutinised. Mainly by the journalists and the watching public it must be said! When the draw for the Australian Open was made, there were whispers about what a tough draw Roger Federer had been given. When asked about it (probably for the umpteenth time),...

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    Coach-Player Respect

    One of our players, Holly Hutchinson, recently completed a Training Block, where the primary focus was on strength development. Not only did this involve general ‘global’ strength but also strength-speed, stabilisation strength and specific functional ‘tennis-strength’. Holly showed superb dedication...

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    What is Fitness?

    I have no idea where I saw this (so many apologies and thanks and full credit to the person in question!) but I wrote it down as I liked it and have recently come across it again: ‘Fitness is not something you find – like a 10 cent coin on a footpath. Fitness is not

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