In light of the United States Tennis Association’s Washington State Open tournament being held at the Seattle Tennis Club July 31-Aug. 5, NW Sports Rehab of Madison Park is providing some helpful tips for the competitors on the last stop on the Northwest Regional.
Tennis tournaments can be long, rigorous and challenging, both mentally and physically. Here are a few practical tips to keep you winning games and advancing to the championship round:
Important note: Even though your skin is warm, your muscles may not be. Even if you “feel” good, don’t skimp on your warmup routine (if you don’t have one, consult one of our staff at the NW Sports Rehab tent at the Seattle Tennis Club).
Research has shown that doing “static” stretching —holding a stretch for more than 20 seconds — can decrease a muscle’s peak power output. If you want your explosiveness to be top notch, save the static stretching for after the match; but be sure not to wait too long, as you don’t want your muscles getting cold.
For additional information, see our NW Sports Rehab Recovery Zone at the Washington State Open, which will be expertly staffed by our certified athletic trainers and doctors of chiropractic.
Good luck to all of the competitors this weekend!