WHY ALL THE TENNIS COACHES SHOULD KNOW HOW TO USE THE LATERALITY OF THEIR PLAYERS TO IMPROVE THEIR PERFORMANCE?
As a coach, you probably want to make your training sessions innovative. But surely this innovation is not enough, and what you seek is that these sessions are also effective.
But, effective in what level?
They should be effective in correcting errors.
From a specific problem, you can implement certain exercises that allow the player to reach a solution.
Today I propose to use laterality as a tennis training tool in your classes.
Laterality, will help you to:
- understand the technique of your players
- identify and correct errors
- assess new solutions
- implement new exercises on court
What is the laterality?
It is the preference for using one side of the body over the other.
Hands laterality is the best known by everyone. Despite having two hands we have chosen to use one more than the other.
But this is not the only laterality. We have several duplicates members in our body, and on which there is also a predilection.
The most important lateralities to consider in a tennis player are the hands, eyes, shoulders, legs and hips.
Each of these predilections grants the player specific features.
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IN WHICH WAY ARE THESE predilections GOING TO influence?
By analyzing each laterality separately, we could establish how each of them intervenes.
If we begin to evaluate the hands laterality, a player with a preference for his right hand is called right-handed. But if the player prefers his/her left hand, we call him/her lefty.
This hand preference will determine in which side of the court the player performs the forehand and the backhand.
The dominant leg is related to the transfer of weight during the shot. Depending on where the dominant leg is, it will favor or not the shot.
The shoulders become more important during spins. They are involved in the backswing and follow through of the forehand and the backhand.
The eyes are very important. Have you heard the phrase look at the ball? To have a dominant eye, changes what we see and when we see it.
If you find how each of the lateralities can influence a player's technique interesting, try to combine them now.
Actually, if we need to make a shot, we need all of our body. And in that moment, all our different lateralities interact.
The knowledge of a player ´s laterality opens a range of possibilities on which to act.
LATERALITY FOR TENNIS PLAYERS
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