Is it worth a developing junior getting athletic screening or physical testing?

Coolio

Professional
Is this worth it, perhaps an athletic screening and given a exercise programme to prevent injuries or to strengthen weak areas based on their assessment?
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Is this worth it, perhaps an athletic screening and given a exercise programme to prevent injuries or to strengthen weak areas based on their assessment?
What is an athletic screening?

All players need off court training and any good trainer will pretty quickly pick up on what the player needs.

When I started training with an ATP trainer (even though I wasn't trying to be a professional I wanted to see what tennis specific training was like because I knew very little) he right away noticed that I was overly strong in certain areas and overly weak in others.

J
 

Coolio

Professional
What is an athletic screening?

All players need off court training and any good trainer will pretty quickly pick up on what the player needs.

When I started training with an ATP trainer (even though I wasn't trying to be a professional I wanted to see what tennis specific training was like because I knew very little) he right away noticed that I was overly strong in certain areas and overly weak in others.

J
I just used the phrase.

I know that high performance tennis specific physical trainers, will be able to use a tennis specific fitness assessment of a player.

I also know there is a Functional Movement Screen that can be carried out my a physical therapist.

I am not an expert but I am exploring the idea of having my players assessed by a specialist for muscle imbalances etc, or taken through a functional movement screen and given a programme of exercises to perform to help correct imbalances and prevent potential injury.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I just used the phrase.

I know that high performance tennis specific physical trainers, will be able to use a tennis specific fitness assessment of a player.

I also know there is a Functional Movement Screen that can be carried out my a physical therapist.

I am not an expert but I am exploring the idea of having my players assessed by a specialist for muscle imbalances etc, or taken through a functional movement screen and given a programme of exercises to perform to help correct imbalances and prevent potential injury.
Do you have a trainer at your club?

J
 

Coolio

Professional
Do you have a trainer at your club?

J
No, there is an ex Olympic athlete in my town I know who is a very good physiotherapist and also works with professional soccer clubs to plan their strength and conditioning sports science side of things. I am going to contact him for his advice on what he thinks might work or whether he does similar things for other athletes maybe runners, maybe basketball players etc. but I thought Id throw it up here to see if it has merit. I don't know a lot about it's usefullness.

I organise players strength and conditioning and go through exercises with them.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
No, there is an ex Olympic athlete in my town I know who is a very good physiotherapist and also works with professional soccer clubs to plan their strength and conditioning sports science side of things. I am going to contact him for his advice on what he thinks might work or whether he does similar things for other athletes maybe runners, maybe basketball players etc. but I thought Id throw it up here to see if it has merit. I don't know a lot about it's usefullness.

I organise players strength and conditioning and go through exercises with them.
I think it would benefit you to go through his training yourself.

Also if time is scarce you can double up training then go over footwork patterns while they are recovering between sets or intervals.

J
 

RogueFLIP

Professional
Absolutely.....shoring up any weak areas or making sure the athlete doesn't or hasn't developed compensation patterns for movement can only help the athlete. Esp juniors when they might not really realize or be aware of what their body is telling them. Educating themselves on basic anatomy and what causes what movement can also help in the future if the athlete is injured in describing issues with their medical professional. Being more aware of one's physical body has very little downsides.

I used to do this in the beginning of my career in conjuction with athletic trainers and it only had positive benefits to the young athlete.
 
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