Who didn’t watch that tennis match between Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams? A huge congratulations to Bianca on her recent win at the US Open Tennis, becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
While we have all heard about her mental strength, mindfulness and use of meditation as key components to her training, we are certain both she and Serena also have very strong recovery routines built in to their practice. Recovery is crucial in tennis especially when there is a short turn around between matches.
The City Sports & Physiotherapy physio team will be on hand at the upcoming Junior ITF Indoor Tennis Championships in North Vancouver. We’re hoping to instill some of our Rules of Recovery on these young players as they grow and develop into lifelong healthy tennis players.
Tennis players have to be in good shape and recover well to perform on a consistent basis. They may be exposed to a demanding competition schedule often playing several matches in a day or over the course of a weekend. If not recovering well between matches this compact schedule may push them past their physical and psychological limits resulting in decreased function and performance. Players often neglect using recovery techniques on a regular basis. However this is extremely important for junior players who are going through rapid growth spurts. One of the main causes of adolescent injury is not allowing proper adaptations to occur during growth spurts. The greatest developmental changes occur at approximately age 11 in girls and age 12.5 in boys with 4 years of rapid change due to the onset of puberty. This can be stressful physically, psychologically and emotionally. The bones grow faster than the soft tissue which puts increased tension on the muscles and tendons and decreased proprioception, balance and control of the joints.
Check out this article at Tennis BC which explains the top 6 ‘Rules of Recovery’ that players can do between matches. If implemented on a regular basis they will help facilitate recovery in both the short and long term and help junior players deal with the rapid changes to their bodies.