Pilates is a discipline that promotes control, precision and focus; the same can be said of the game of tennis.
A perfect match indeed!
Here are a few observations…
In terms of tennis we have to keep a few things in mind:
- Tennis is a one-sided sport which can create an unbalanced body.
- Tennis players tend to experience over use of knee, hip and shoulder, often have tight hamstrings and a tight lower back.
- Particularly weak points are the shoulders.
- Tennis players must pay attention to flexibility, strength and endurance of the shoulder muscles to prevent injuries.
Tennis pros have included Pilates into their training programme to
- To improve flexibility and strength
- To prevent injuries
Apart from endurance and speed, core strength is a crucial part of tennis training.
Pilates can be very beneficial to tennis players.
One great exercise is Scapular Isolation
- Lie on a foam roller from your head to your tailbone, and pull your belly button in to your spine to engage your core. (Maintain this posture during all exercises on the foam roller.) Reach up to the ceiling and pull your shoulder blades down, feel them wrap around the roller. Inhale to release, and exhale to contract. Repeat motion through 5 breaths.
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