Tennis Biomechanics and Treatment

This course will utilize the movement system as a framework to assess the biomechanics of tennis. You will learn how to identify the critical events of the tennis serve, forehand, and backhand. You will then advance your movement assessment skills by integrating specific assessment techniques that correlate with each critical event. Based on your movement observations and biomechanics knowledge, you will then learn how to classify movement dysfunction and provide sport-specific treatments to correct inefficient movement.

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  1. Tennis Introduction and the Serve

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the sport of tennis, including an overview of the serve, backhand, and forehand strokes. He introduces the critical events involved in the serve. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the serve for a patient with shoulder pain.

2. The Backhand

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the critical events involved in the backhand. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the backhand for a patient with lateral elbow pain.

3. The Forehand

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the critical events involved in the forehand. He breaks down the ideal joint angles needed to optimize movement. He then presents specific assessments and treatments that target the impairments during each phase of the forehand for a patient with low back pain.

4. Trunk Power

In this chapter, Dr. Vagy introduces the concept of trunk muscle performance. He introduces research-supported methods to quantify trunk power and provides tennis-specific supplemental exercises to improve overall trunk power to reduce the risk of shoulder, wrist, and low back injuries in the tennis player.

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