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    What exactly happens with mental tension during a stroke?

    So you've never seen an elite athlete struggle under pressure, or not deliver to their true capabilities or simply not perfrom at all on the "big day"
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    What exactly happens with mental tension during a stroke?

    Weh have to start with what happens when the body is placed under stress/perceives a threat. (A simplification) adrenaline is released into the system to prepare the body for either flight (get out of the situation), fight (get out of the situation) or freeze (hope the situation goes away)...
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    Coaching Gen. Alpha

    Been a bit of chat about coaching kids in recent times, so for those who work with kids this might be useful... Generation Z and Generation Alpha are a fairly unique breed to work with. They are used to almost instant gratification and have shorter attention spans than previous generations. The...
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    Teaching tennis to young kids: Resources, ideas, and best ways?

    Because tennis doesn't do those things? I happen to think that tennis does those things better than most other sports.
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    I have this Junior

    Ah okay, your use of the word "we" made me think you were involved. I was on the show at the back end of last year.
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    Teaching tennis to young kids: Resources, ideas, and best ways?

    Your kid is 4.5 years old - of course he's going to lose focus and go off an create his own games/experiences - it's exactly what he should be doing! If he was rigidly standing in line and following instructions to the letter I'd be concerned :-D The coach should understand that when working...
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    I have this Junior

    This is not a technical problem, therefore it doesn't require a technical solution
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    I have this Junior

    You work with Lisa?
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    I have this Junior

    The first one is the key - under tension breathing is the first thing that changes - so if you are trying to help someone relax, helping them focus on breathing control is far more effective than saying "hey, just relax"
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    I have this Junior

    (y) Nobody has ever relaxed after being told "just relax"
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    I have this Junior

    It suggests a couple of things. First, that training does not accurately recreate the experience/environment of competition. Now obviously I don't know what training looks like, or what principles of practice design are employed, but ultimately if you want players who make good decisions in...
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    Easy to Implement Instructions

    What if the 20 year old knows stuff you don't?
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    The first rule of coaching club is... P.S. Meet you at the coach club later for a pint or 2 of Gin and some Czech fish and chips.
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I mean, he's literally creating content for social media in those social media videos, of course he is addressing the camera, that's kind of the point!
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    ^^^ They are, their early learning is almost exclusively through mimicry (walking, talking). But this isn't refering to motor learning, this is about giving kids the context so that they understand why they are learning. With those early skills (walking and talking), there is a need for...
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