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adee-gee 07-24-2008 03:54 PM

Best stretches before a match?
I basically do the same ones as I do for football, I'm guessing there are ones which are specifically good for tennis though?

My main concern is the serve - usually my arm isn't fully loose until the 2nd set of a match, no matter how many serves I've hit in the warm-up. Anyone know any which would be good for this?

dunlopkickserve 07-24-2008 04:39 PM

Re: Best stretches before a match?
I know that i need to get my tapezius, the muscle that connects the shoulder to the neck, (btw thank you for teachin me that miss spelman) stertched out before I can really get my serve going. I serve right handed so I sorta tilt my head to the left and reach to the right with my right arm. It isn't very effective but it is the only way that I know how to extend that muscle.

GlennMirnyi 07-25-2008 01:11 AM

Re: Best stretches before a match?

This is something my coach always tells me to do.

Action Jackson 07-25-2008 01:33 AM

Re: Best stretches before a match?
You should do a light jog first before doing stretching. There are shoulder stretches, this one is common and works quite well.

fast_clay 07-25-2008 03:37 AM

Re: Best stretches before a match?
dynamic stretching: pre match
static stretching: post match

dynamic stretching incorporates a movement in stretching that reflects more the movement of actual play... whereas static stretching may actually trick the body into feeling too relaxed, unready for explosive movements... dynamic stretching looks too address the body need to, in tennis, warm up fast, agile movements...

... in one of his title fights... thomas 'hitman' hearns trainer walked in to the changing room pre fight and nearly punched the shit out of one of his handlers who was giving hearns a static stretch and massage... this is turns was asking hearns body to switch off and relax... the trainer quickly got him shadow boxing and doing to chin ups n press ups - knowing that hearns muscles needed to be tight and ready to pop...

good site... can help explain some techniques... and how to make certain static stretches dynamic...

ads, probably stay away from this one...

mate... i am a slow starter in matches... more a mental thing tho... but, the only way i ever stopped feeling sluggish is to stretch everyday, not just before and after...

its good advice... i just wished i practised what i preached a bit more...

good luck...

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