As a coach, your first priority is the health and safety of your athletes. Proper Nutrition and Hydration are key to keeping athletes healthy and maximizing performance. In this tennis video series, Mark Kovacs of Metis Performance discusses nutrition and hydration before, during, and after tennis practice and matches. Coach Kovacs also covers cramp prevention and treatment. But there's more to preventing injury to tennis players than nutrition and hydration. Proper stretching before practice is also key to preventing injury and enhancing performance. Coach discusses various forms of stretching and demonstrates a pre-match work-out that your athletes can do on their own or as a team.
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What can your tennis players eat before, during, and after practice or a match? Keep it simple and small. Coach goes over nutritional content, quantity, and timing for young tennis players and how it all impacts performance.
Tennis players can potentially lose 4 to 6 pounds an hour by sweating. If that fluid isn't replaced, it can be critical to the health of the athlete. From heat illness to cramps, improper hydration can cost your athletes much more than the match. This video discusses fluid intake, both volume and content, as well as, cramp prevention and treatment. A "Must Watch" for coaches.
You've gotten your athletes to eat properly and stay hydrated. But, there's something else that coaches can pro-actively do to help prevent injury: Stretching. The goal of pre-practice stretching is continuous movement. Here are some stretching exercises tennis players can do individually or as a team - as long as they keep moving!
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