Improve Endurance? No!
Improve Power? No!
Improve Agility? No!
Improve Speed? No!
Improve Quickness/Footwork? No!
Before you write a bunch of f-bombs about me and my blog, let me explain to you that all of the aforementioned focal points of performance enhcncement are very importent for one’s game improvement, but “Injury Prevention Training” must be the #1 priority and is absolutely the most impotant tennis success factor. Keep in mind that one should do injury prevention training aka “Prehabilitation” in order to prevent injuries and at the very least help one recover much quicker from an injury. Yes, strengthening ones bones, tendons, and other connective tissue will keep away those nagging injuries.
Off the top of my head, the following are the most common areas of the body that can get injured while playing tennis:
(I wrote the above list quickly, and am sure to have left a few areas out!)
Just make sure that while you are improving your fitness, you are also focusing on keeping your body healthy throughout the year.
Please note that since there are really no built-in off weeks from competition in tennis, it is important that several strategic “off periods” are included in ones yearly schedule. These off periods are an excellent time for doing game improvement skill training as well as strength and conditioning for tennis.