Core strength is vital for tennis players to produce more effective and efficient shot making and balance movement pattern.
Core stability is a misunderstood term. Typically, the core is associated with the abdominal muscles groups and stability is associated with isometric or static strength. However in actuality, the core consists of the abdominal muscles groups (transverse abdomens, internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdomens), hip abductors/ adductors, hip flexors, the pelvic floor, and lumbar spine. In addition, it is lumbar spine that is primarily responsible for posture and stability providing the strength needed for stability especially utilized in dynamic sports such as tennis.
For this reason, all the key core muscle areas, not just your abdominal’s, must be trained for better shot production and reduction of injury. The follow video highlights some activities to get you started.
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