This course is designed to introduce coaches to working with female tennis players of all ages and levels. Through studying this course coaches will be armed with a new understanding of the female player enabling them to communicate better while facilitating common technical changes for capable athletic females.
Decreased hip and core strength in female athletes is well documented. For a successful career in tennis, it is essential to understand the importance of strong hips and core in tennis performance. Many of the common problems found in female tennis players, including slower foot speed and poor serving mechanics, are related to decreased hip strength and range of motion.
The best approach to injuries is prevention. There are several fitness screens that are proven to be reliable predictors of injuries. By using one of these screens or a combination, areas of weakness and/or decreased mobility can be identified. Understanding the scope of each of the fitness screens and what the scores indicate, can be an invaluable coaching tool. Screening provides a baseline in developing an exercise program to prevent many of the injuries female tennis athletes are prone to.
In a study of high level tennis players, it was found that the lower extremity is the most commonly injured followed by the upper extremity and then the trunk. The ankle and thigh were the most frequently injured.
A great deal of teaching and coaching within youth sports currently focuses on developing techniques and skills within practice time or structured lessons. This custom very often leaves little time to actually play the game – during which the application of technical lessons becomes a vehicle through which young athletes will most optimally learn.
For many coaches one of the most difficult things to teach is correct progressions. The reason for this is there is no exact manual explaining how to teach kick serves, as that would require a manual about every player on the planet.
Growing up, few females participate in a variety of athletically challenging sports. This can make it much more difficult for them to develop the variety of athletic skills that they require to play a very physical style of tennis.