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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; Original edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736089365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736089364
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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E. Paul Roetert, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), where he is responsible for promoting leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles. Mark S. Kovacs, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Sport Science and Coaching Education for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). He was a collegiate All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in exercise science and a PhD in exercise physiology.

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This is a great book for anyone who is carrying an injury from tennis or just wants to understand how the muscles work and how they can be fine tuned for tennis. A great read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
ESSENTIAL Book for SERIOUS Tennis Players. 26 April 2012
By Luis Angel Betancur F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought the Kindle Edition.

As an anaesthesiologist who has read a lot about medicine I can assure you that this book has been written in a magnificent style and ilustrated in an outstanding manner.

When I bought it I was struggling with some injuries:

* Left wrist pain (although I am a right handed player): Diagnosed as tendonitis.
* Both right and left shoulder pain, mainly left shoulder (probably associated to an old trauma).
* Left (posterior) knee and tibial pain.

So, I bought this book and now I am free of these problems.

What I found to be great was all the theory behind tennis injuries. I think the most valuable concept is the need to train your non dominant side and also work your upper and lower body.

I found enriching the "playing styles and court surfaces" explanations, this will guide your fitness plan when you decide to be a serious competitor.
It has thorough explanations about forehand, backhand (one/two handed), serves, overheads and volleys with muscular and training considerations that are great.

Check content ("look inside") and you will see it is organized in a very logical style.

You will find some very basic exercises that probably won't need much gym equipment (hamstring stretch, wrist-arm-elbow endurance) and other that will make you go to a good gym.

I bought a light (5 pounds) dumbbell and aReebok Balance Board, and I try to go to the gym once/twice a week.

For its price and content I must rate it 5 stars.

I have other tennis books:
- Stretching Anatomy
- The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance.
- Seven Habits of Successful Doubles.
- The Art of Doubles: Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills.
- Tennis Serve Technique and Tips: The How-To Guide.
- Building a Champion: The Fundamentals of Playing & Coaching Tennis.

P.S: I am an intermediate-advanced tennis player (NTRP: 4,5 level*); I like technical aspects about racquets, strings, tennis shoes and tennis accessories. Nowadays I am playing 80% of my time on clay surface and 20% on hard courts. I play 10-12 hours per week.

Racquets currently I am using: Volkl power bridge 8, Dunlop biomimetic 400 tour, Volkl power bridge 9.
Stringing: Hybrid with technifibre NRG2 (17) in mains and babolat duralast (17) in crosses.

I am mainly a baseline player, using an eastern forehand grip and one-handed backhand.

I have other tennis items reviews, maybe can be useful 4 u.

Votes are welcome ..... if you wish ...

*If you want to know your tennis level visit: National Tennis Rating Program at the USTA web site.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The best fitness book for tennis 8 Dec. 2011
By Carlos H. C. Correa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a more than 40 years old tennis lover (6 times per week), I have begun 10 years ago with a personal trainner a fitness program to avoid any injury chance.
In the process I have collected many tennis fitness books with the intention of improving my condition.
This one in the best one I have read, making clear what exercise to do to improve each specific stroke.
I recomend also to buy - The Complete Conditioning for Tennis.Tennis Anatomy
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A game-changer among tennis books 9 Nov. 2012
By M. Weng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you're serious about tennis coaching, then you'll probably realize that there are only so many tennis books before you plateau in knowledge.

While there are many, many great tennis books, they all cover a revolving set of topics - technique, strategy, and so-called "tips and tricks" books that just buckshot a bunch of tennis wisdom in a largely disorganized manner. All three have changed significantly over the past twenty years, rendering many of these books outdated, if not outright useless for modern tennis. Using technique from as recent as the early 2000's would be difficult to compete with today's heavy, baseline-slugger style of game, and strategy has grown to depend a lot more on physicality than pure shot-making and placement.

Tennis Anatomy addresses the issue of outdated knowledge by going to the root of the problem - the human body. The human body does not evolve (at least not in a lifetime), and with better understanding of it, you acquire what I consider the foundation of great tennis knowledge. Great tennis knowledge, in my opinion, is not about memorizing thousands of drills and copying swing techniques of top pros. It's about understanding the subtle differences between sound biomechanics and individual style. This book will plant those seeds if you study it well. It will allow you to develop drills that specifically address certain parts of the body when development starts to lag. In turn, this translates into smarter and more targeted training plans, resulting in more efficient practices. The exercises in this book, although relevant, are not the most cutting edge. However, they are simplistic enough to help you understand why and how they target the specific areas, and why they are needed. If you approach the book this way, it will help you become extremely prolific in developing unique tennis exercises based on sound, scientific research. As such, it is an invaluable resource for those who aspire to become great tennis coaches / athletes.

At the risk of sounding elitist, this book isn't meant for someone looking to just play a Friday night mixer once a month, or even once a week. It will help, but you will feel like you are in way over your head with knowledge that doesn't seem to matter. This book also isn't for someone who doesn't make the effort to train and/or modify the exercises when equipment isn't available. No weights? Use gallon jugs with water, or elastic bands. No barbells? Use backpacks with books. No boxes? Use park benches. Just because you don't have the equipment should not stop you from taking advantage of the treasury of information in this book. This book is meant for high-performance athletes, and should be treated with such work ethic.
29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
You'll need equipment to do these exercises 4 Jan. 2012
By Response Coach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was excited about the idea of this book, and less so about the exercises included. You'll need the following equipment for the exercises:

1. Cable or Pulley Machine: 7 exercises (could you find a way to adapt the exercises for resistance tubing? Doesn't offer this option. I bought this book specifically for back exercises; unfortunately, of the 6 back exercises included, 3 require a cable or pulley machine, 1 requires an incline bench, and 2 require barbells -- all of which I don't have.)
2. Large dumbbells of unspecified weight: 4 exercises
3. Resistance tubing: 5 exercises
4. Weight bench: 3 exercises
5. Hammer or something with a weighted head: 2 exercises
6. Barbell and weight bench: 3 exercises
7. Barbells alone: 5 exercises
8. 12 - 42" box: 2 exercises
9. Incline bench: 1 exercise
10. Small dumbbells less than 10 lbs: 10 exercises
11. Medicine ball 6-20 lbs: 5 exercises

10 exercises in the book require no equipment. I'd suggest the next book from the authors should be: tennis exercises when you don't have a gym membership.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good reference and guide to exercises. 8 Jan. 2015
By Michael Mansvelt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is for top pro players. For the rest of us all these exercises are completely unneccesary to play the game well. There is however a place for the selective use to remedy weaknesses and to prevent injuries. For myself for example the exercise for forearm pronation would have been very useful. The pronation exercise described is incorrect as the hammer depicted assists the movement instead of resisting it. It actually resists the supination movement. Even if the hammer was used correctly the resistance is not constant as it increases with the movement. Idealy it should be the other way round. The bent arm power roller with string and weight attached would have been far more effective exercise. Exercises are generally well described and superbly illustrated. Coaches and serious players would find this book a good reference.
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