Category Archives: Strength Training

Should Young Kid Lift Weights? What Does the Science Tell Us?

For the last few decades, the discussion around whether young kids should lift weights or perform resistance training has progressed substantially. It is important to review the science around resistance training in young individuals and make decisions about training based on the best available science. Continue reading

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Position Statement on Youth Resistance Training: The 2014 International Consensus

The summary of the document concludes with this statement: “A compelling body of scientific evidence supports participation in appropriately designed youth resistance training programmes that are supervised and instructed by qualified professionals.”

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Biomechanics of the Tennis Groundstrokes: Implications for Strength Training

By Josh Bramblett, iTPA Staff

Strategy used to play tennis has undergone a dramatic change within the last 20-30 years. A large change is the differences in groundstroke technique. Continue reading

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Olympic Lifting Pros and Cons for The College Tennis Player: Audio Clip

Olympic Lifting Pros and Cons for The College Tennis Player – A Perspective from a noted Orthopedic Surgeon who has been a Team Physician for Olympic Weightlifting at the 200 Summer Olympics and who works with dozens of professional, collegiate and high school tennis athletes. Continue reading

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Short Podcast on Some Basics of Training Tennis Athletes by the NSCA’s Strength & Conditioning Journal

The link below is a short interview (<4 minutes) with Dr.Mark Kovacs discussing strength and conditioning for tennis  courtesy of the NSCA’s Strength & Conditioning Journal Podcast Series. This podcast discusses some of the major aspects of a special edition of the Strength & Conditioning Journal that was 100% focused on the training of the tennis athlete. Continue reading

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How Much Strength Does A Young Tennis Athlete Need?

Reading some of the latest sports performance research focused on the young athlete, the ITPA research team came across a brand new study providing some very valuable information for the TPT and CTPS. If you work with young tennis athletes, one of the biggest questions that tennis parents and coaches both have is when should young athletes start strength training and how much weight (resistance) should young kids lift? Here is some data to help support your recommendations for when to start strength training and how much weight a young athlete can lift.

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