I spent this past weekend at the USTA Tennis Performance & Injury Prevention Conference. I always enjoy going to events like this and learning new things. I also think that listening to the perspectives of others helps to make your mind work. It forces you to rethink the way that you have always done things. Hopefully this makes me a better coach.
The presenters did an excellent job of giving info that was useful for all that were in attendance. This says a lot because the audience was made up of individuals with all types of backgrounds – MD’s, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Tennis Coaches, and Strength & Conditioning Coaches from a multitude of settings. Presentations covered the biomechanics of the tennis strokes, strength and conditioning, warm ups, and there were many sessions on injuries specific to tennis. While each speaker had their own experiences and point of view to share, many of the presenters ended up “on the same page” with some of their advice. There also didn’t seem to be any big egos present among the presenters or attendees. To top it all off, the USTA did a great job of making everything was run smoothly.
I learned a lot about that not only will help me when I train tennis players, but some of the info will help me to train other athletes also. Look for some of tidbits that I learned in my future blog posts and newsletters.