PAADS is proud to announce a partnership with the WTA to publish Physically Speaking. Physically Speaking is an information resource provided by the WTA to tour players.
Physically Speaking covers a wide range of topics designed to educate athletes around issues that are relevant and pertinent to them. Although directed at professional female tennis players, Physically Speaking covers topics that can
be meaningful to any elite or aspiring elite athlete.
We urge you to explore the available articles below. More will be added on an ongoing basis.
COVID-19: THE FACTS
As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic since it has reached nearly all parts of the world. We must do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing guidelines and the
rules set in place by our individual governments.
Viral illnesses and infections affect us all. Even though the treatment is similar amongst most individuals, there are special considerations for tennis athletes. The #1 reason that WTA athletes withdraw or retire from tournaments
is illness, including returning too early after an illness! The WTA physicians have developed this guide to assist you in a safe and efficient return to training and competition, with the goal of reducing illness recurrence and
decreasing days missed.
IS TENNIS GOOD FOR HEALTH? It is well known that sport keeps us fit and healthy, but what is less understood is how many health benefits are gained through playing tennis. Researchers investigate these questions, which provides both
professional and recreational tennis players with an understanding of what happens to their mind and body during tennis participation. Tennis has a wide range of benefits to mental and physical health.
Women use contraception for many reasons. Many options are available, which provides the best selection for each woman. Be informed about the different types and reasons to use contraception and have regular check-ups with your primary
care physician (PCP) or gynecologist (ObGyn) to safeguard your health, periods (menses), relationships, and tennis performance.
Hello, Hola, Ni Hao, Ciao, Privet, Hallo, Konnichiwa, Aloha, Guten Tag, Bonjour, Al Salaam Aliykum….. Being in an unknown environment can sometimes be scary. As a tennis player, you may find yourself in a new city or foreign country
with an unknown language, and a culture to which you’re unaccustomed. This might seem overwhelming and intimidating, however it is also an opportunity for growth and discovery.
Injuries are never part of the plan. No one enjoys the pain and inability to compete at your best and no one wants injuries to happen again. Regardless of the severity, an injury will always result in damage to the tissues, which includes
loss of strength, endurance and stability.
The key to improving any short coming or limitation is to first understand and accept our own limitations. Increasing self- awareness takes courage and patience, as it is not always easy to look at one’s own short comings or admit
there are “areas to improve.” Identifying areas for improvement is necessary to have the full power and ability to adjust and enhance both, your tennis and your life.
The key to improving any short coming or limitation is to first understand and accept our own limitations. Increasing selfawareness takes courage and patience, as it is not always easy to look at one’s own short comings or admit there
are “areas to improve.” Identifying areas for improvement is necessary to have the full power and ability to adjust and enhance both, your tennis and your life.
The Female Athlete Triad is a group of three interrelated medical conditions often observed in physically active girls and women. The medical conditions include: 1) decreased energy availability with or without disordered eating, 2)
menstrual dysfunction, and 3) low bone mineral density. Up to 60% of female athletes present with one or more of the three Triad components, which can negatively impact health and athletic performance.
It’s a situation no athlete ever wants to experience: injured and unable to play. No one wants to be injured, but when your career must be put on hold due to injury, rehabilitation takes on a new dimension of importance. Often athletes
will feel significant pressure to recover and return to competition as quickly as possible.
Specific to the sport of tennis, a long competition season combined with global travel and frequent exposure to varied climates can increase the risk of illness. Eating a well-balanced meal plan may be a challenge for tennis players
traveling internationally and encountering unfamiliar cuisines.
Playing WTA tournaments means you’ll encounter very hot and/or humid environmental conditions. Training and competing in these extreme weather conditions is a challenge to all players’ thermoregulatory (temperature control) systems.
Professional tennis players can be at an increased risk of catching a cold due to intense exercise and training routines that can decrease the function of the immune system and subsequently reduce the ability to fight off illnesses.