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.
7 Simple Strategies to Amplify Your Life
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 core is the building block of stability and serves as the foundation for any movement. Core stability is defined as the ability to control the position and motion of the trunk over the pelvis to allow optimum production, transfer and control of force to the extremities. Specific to tennis, 54% of the force generated in the serve comes from trunk and lower extremities; this gives testament to the core often being referred to as the “powerhouse.”
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.