Self focused training approach is encouraging athletes to be completely aware of the demands of the situations to achieve a certain goal. They need to have an understand of their own capabilities which are on their disposal to overcome the task problem and achieve the goal of the practice task. Our athletes should be equipped with the abilities to make decisions independently of the coach having not just knowledge but to reflect on the experience in solving or decision making process in order to reconstruct the knowledge in situations when needed
My METHODOLOGY of the training development includes working with athletes as a holistic process, as a coach being a mentor equipping them with tools to take control over the situation at the times of the challenges, to build resilience at the times when feeling of giving up and to understand the importance of overcoming the limits that usually athletes establish by themselves
It may take a very small body water deficit (1-2% of body weight) to significantly reduce the physical and mental capacity of the tennis players. This small deficit will challenge a player’s on-court abilities and decrease a performance
At the highest level of the game of tennis due to the extreme time constraints, the players do not have time to think through the options and generate the potential moves but only one, the right one. The players are restricted to recognize only the relevant action information based on which they should adapt their option generation strategy so they could as fast as possible come up with the adequate reaction.
In the game of tennis the beginning of the stroke and the end of it are not that obvious, as many players are thinking only on about taking the racquet back and hitting the ball
Training intensity (quality) refers to the efficiency of an athlete’s efforts to respond to the training load, therefore athletes’ feedback of their reaction to the training load creates the most REALISTIC values of the intensity of the practice.
1. Face the fears 2. Win-win environment 3. Play in the moment 4. Playing without the errors 5. Playing safe vs playing your own game 6. Expectations and abilities
Muscle memory does not exists, but what does exist is training (building stronger) the neural pathways from the mind to the muscles in order for the athlete to better recognize the situation (reading the cues and anticipation of the game) and create the adequate movement and stroke
Understanding that the mind has the main role in creating effective stroke, faster improving or changing the current stroke, making the game itself faster by putting attention to the important cues and anticipating the shots will definitely influence the way the player should be seeing the game and the way the player should create the practice sessions
The hip musculature generates the majority of power for the successful stroke. In simple words, if the player uses the wrong sources of power, most likely that she/he will lose the stability and balance during the acceleration phase. As mentioned in previous blogs, the source of the power comes from the ground, and its forces. These forces are transferred from the ground to the hip muscles and core, and at this point is where rotational and linear forces work together. The transfer of energy in linear and rotational mode wouldn’t be possible without a“stiffened” core and serape musculature