Physiological, perceptual and technical responses to on-court tennis training on hard and clay courts

Reid, Machar, Duffield, Rob, Minett, Geoffrey M., Sibte, Narelle, Murphy, Alistair, & Baker, John (2012) Physiological, perceptual and technical responses to on-court tennis training on hard and clay courts. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of court surface (clay v hard-court) on technical, physiological and perceptual responses to on-court training. Four high-performance junior male players performed two identical training sessions on hard and clay courts, respectively. Sessions included both physical conditioning and technical elements as led by the coach. Each session was filmed for later notational analysis of stroke count and error rates. Further, players wore a global positioning satellite device to measure distance covered during each session; whilst heart rate, countermovement jump distance and capillary blood measures of metabolites were measured before, during and following each session. Additionally a respective coach and athlete rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured following each session. Total duration and distance covered during of each session were comparable (P>0.05; d<0.20). While forehand and backhands stroke volume did not differ between sessions (P>0.05; d<0.30); large effects for increased unforced and forced errors were present on the hard court (P>0.05; d>0.90). Furthermore, large effects for increased heart rate, blood lactate and RPE values were evident on clay compared to hard courts (P>0.05; d>0.90). Additionally, while player and coach RPE on hard courts were similar, there were large effects for coaches to underrate the RPE of players on clay courts (P>0.05; d>0.90). In conclusion, training on clay courts results in trends for increased heart rate, lactate and RPE values, suggesting sessions on clay tend towards higher physiological and perceptual loads than hard courts. Further, coaches appear effective at rating player RPE on hard courts, but may underrate the perceived exertion of sessions on clay courts.

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ID Code: 55369
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: tennis, workload, racquet sports, RPE, stroke count
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31826caedf
ISSN: 1533-4287
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Deposited On: 11 Dec 2012 00:51
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 09:36

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