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Science of Coaching Tennis (Steps to success activity series) Paperback – January, 1989

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"Today we understand more than ever before that sport science is vital to the development of our young tennis players. I believe research being done in that area is the foundation not only for tennis but for all sports worldwide. . . . Much of the newest research is discussed in Science of Coaching Tennis."

Stan Smith, Director of Coaching United States Tennis Association

"This book represents a new frontier in coaching tennis... the happy combination of scientific principles based on research with a practical application that has evolved from coaching tennis."

Ron Woods, PhD, Director of Player Development United States Tennis Association

About the Author

Jack Groppel is director of player development for Harry Hopman/Saddlebrook International Tennis and was selected Professional of the Year in 1987 by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. Author of Tennis for Advanced Players and Those Who Would Like to Be, he has advised such players as John McEnroe, Chris Evert, and Stan Smith.

James Loehr is director of sport psychology for the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. A regular columnist for World Tennis magazine, he is the author of Mentally Tough, Net Results: Training the Tennis Parent for Competition, and Mental Toughness Training for Sport and has worked with over 40 of the world's best players.

Scott Melville is an associate professor in the Health, Physical Education and Athletics Department of Eastern Washington University. In addition to having coached both men's and women's collegiate tennis teams, he has extensive experience working with young children in the areas of motor learning and physical education.

Ann Quinn is an Australian sport science consultant who works with elite and professional athletes. She is trainer for 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and has advised many other tennis champions, including Hana Mandlikova and numerous world class juniors from various countries. Ms. Quinn serves the U.S. Tennis Association as clinician and consultant.


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Product Details

  • Series: Steps to success activity series
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (January 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873225295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873225298
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,729,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
The science of coaching Tennis gives a detailed approach to coaching. It covers a wide spectrum of areas from drills, strokework, fitness, and mental efficency. I like the advice the book gives on what the attributes of a coach should be or could be. It gives examples on how to move players forward to the next level in a logical step by step manner; moreover covers areas which many coaching manuels leave out. The research is first rate with a high level of experience both practical and real. I liked the points which Groppels makes about the fallacys of the game which are around us all the time! The reality which he provides makes sense. The tips concerning the Ideal Performance State which is provided in the latter stages of the book can only help in performance. This book is aimed for Coaches who want to progress further than the old fashioned methods. It is a heavy read so you really need some prior experience to respect the information provided: both playing! and Coaching to a skilled level. This book is not for social players; moreover geared towards those who take pride in there performance.
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This book came out in 1989, so it's not the latest thing anymore. HOWEVER, the vast majority of the concepts contained here are, timeless, and therefore the book is a very valuable source for serious people who want to do high-quality work in tennis teaching and coaching. It's almost like a complete Physical Education degree jammed into one book! If you want to become a first-rate tennis instructor or coach, you will not be disappointed.

Part I Biomechanics of Tennis
1. The Complete Tennis Coach
2. Biomechanics
3. The Science of Technique
4. Using Biomechanics to Improve Performance

Part II Motor Learning and Tennis
5. How to Teach Skills to Tennis Players
6. When to Teach New Techniques
7. The best tennis drills
8. Drills vs Scrimmage Matches
9. Improving Reaction Time
10. Reducing Mis-Hits and Misdirected Shots

Part III Exercise Physiology and Tennis
11. Fitness - The Road to Better Tennis
12. Evaluate Your Players Tennis Fitness
13. Tennis Fitness Training Principles
14. Total Fitness Training for Tennis
15. Eating like a Champion

Part IV Psychological Skills for Training for Tennis
16. Mental training for tennis
17. Mental Strategies for Selected Problems
18. Implementing a Mental Training Program
19. Tips for Coaching Psychological Skills
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