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Results: 25 Record(s) Found.

The Stretching Dilemna

As a psychologist and sport psychology consultant, I often work with athletes and non-athletes who are recovering from an injury, trying to manage pain and discomfort or just looking for a tool or method to provide them with a winning edge in competition. Stretching has been popularly promoted as a way to reduce the risk of injuries, increase flexibility and decrease muscle soreness following vigorous exercise. In my experience, there is much confusion on the subject. Let me touch on a few po​ Read More
 

Lose the Weight to Play Great

Many recreational and social tennis players sometimes overlook how their fitness level and weight can impact their performance and health. Often times, middle aged-individuals and beyond are carrying around an extra 10-30 pounds of weight. This slows down their ability to get to balls, results in getting overly tired and increases the risk of injuries to the joints, especially the knee and lower back. Because of this, they don’t play at their full potential and may lose matches that they might have otherwise won. Read More
 

Improved Training for Better Performance

The American Heart Association recommends healthy individuals begin exercising at 50% of their maximum heart rate, progress gradually to 75% and then train at 85% after about 6 months. Using a standard formula of 220-age X %, a 60 year old would begin at 80 beats per minute and work up to a maximum of 136 beats per minute. Consult a fitness professional for more details on setting up a personalized training program Read More
 

The Role of Sportsmanship in Athletic Performance

Tennis is one of the few sports where participants compete largely in unofficiated matches requiring each player to make their own calls and trusting that their opponents are making accurate, reliable and honest calls as well. Read More
 

Creative and Fun Ways to Improve Balance

Balance is such a crucial skill to be able to strike the ball correctly, move efficiently and reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Most of the time we “talk” about the importance of balance but rarely “do” anything about it. Here is a “game” you can play to work on your balance skills. It’s based on the idea of a “relay “ race. Read More
 

Helping Young Tennis Players Relax

In our increasingly hurried and worried lives, squeezing more things into fewer hours seems to be an epidemic that effects not only athletic performance, but the physical and mental well being of children and parent’s alike. Participating in multiple sports, having extra practices, and specialized coaching need to be balanced with time to “chill out”. Kids who don’t learn how to relax and unwind are at risk of becoming “human doings” rather than “human beings”. Read More
 

The Role of Practice in Performance

There is an old joke about the an excited visitor to New York who stops a passerby on the street and asks, “Do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall?” The passerby answers, “Sure-practice, practice, practice”.​ Read More
 

Quick Fixes for Dealing with Anxiety-Part II

Anxiety about performing can be due to a number of actors including: caring too much what others think, worrying about mistakes, not playing “good enough” and the fear of becoming or looking anxious. Read More
 

Quick Fixes For Coping With Performance Anxiety- Part 1

Performance anxiety, the exaggerated and excessive fear of looking foolish and feeling embarrassed and tense, is a common affliction among tennis players. It’s especially noticeable when serving or receiving on keys points in front of a crowd or significant others. Read More
 

When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going

How is it that when you appear to be playing your best tennis and have a good lead, certain opponents have a way of turning things around, raising their level of play and stealing away our apparent victory?​ Read More
 
Results: 25 Record(s) Found.


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