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June 30, 2009

Semi-Western Grip (Part 2)







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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the Semi-Western forehand grip. (Part 2)

June 27, 2009

Semi-Western Grip (Part 1)






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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the advantages and disadvantages of using the Semi-Western forehand grip. (Part 1)

June 26, 2009

Eastern Forehand Grip







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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the advantages and disadvantages of using the Eastern forehand grip.

June 21, 2009

Continental Grip, (Part 2)







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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the advantages and disadvantages of using the Continental grip. (Part 2)

June 20, 2009

Continental Grip, (Part 1)







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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the advantages and disadvantages of using the Continental grip.

June 19, 2009

Tennis elbow






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Todd Ellenbecker, USPTA, Prince Advisory Staff Member is the ATP Director of Sports Medicine. Ellenbecker remains the clinic director at Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and will work with the other physical therapists, physicians and players on the ATP tour providing injury preventions evaluations. Ellenbecker and Paul Roetert, Ph.D., USPTA, also recently published the second edition of "Complete Conditioning for Tennis," which is available from Human Kinetics Publishers.

TODD S. ELLENBECKER, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, USPTA
CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Massachusetts General Hospital: Institute of Health Professions, 2006
Master of Science - Exercise Physiology
Arizona State University, 1989
Bachelor of Science - Physical Therapy, Graduated with Honors
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, 1985

SPECIALIZATION:
Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) (1991 - Present).
Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) (2000 - Present).

CERTIFICATIONS:
Certified Tennis Teaching Professional, USPTA (P-1), (1990-Present)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, NSCA (1990-Present)
American Heart Association CPR (Continuous)
American Red Cross Emergency Responder (2001-Present).

PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES:
Chairman, United States Tennis Association Sports Science Committee (2003-Present)
Vice Chairman, USTA Sports Science Committee (2002)
Member, USTA Sports Science Committee (1989-2002)
FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Faculty member (1999-Present).
U of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy (2001-Present).

ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS:
British Tennis Coaches Association Honorary International Member (2006-Present)
North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy Editorial Board (2005-Present)
Chairman of Physiotherapy Associates Institutional Review Board(IRB) (2004-Present)
Member NSCA Student Research Grant Subcommittee (1996-2002)
Chairman of the APTA Sports Section's Shoulder Special Interest Group (1995-2002)
Member APTA's Subcommittee for Research Proposals and Abstracts (1995-1997)

CONSULTANT:
Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP Tennis Tour) (1990-2007).
Theraband Research Advisory Committee (TRAC), Hygenic Corporation (1997-Present).
Arizona State University Men's Tennis Team (2000-Present).
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club (1989-Present).
San Francisco Giants Baseball Club (1989-1995).
Oakland Athletics Baseball Club (1989-1993).


June 17, 2009

"Ball, Bounce, Hit"







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows an instant rally progression called, "Ball, Bounce, Hit." It is important to have the students perform a "Split Step" at the moment the opponent makes contact on the ball.

June 10, 2009

Chin Up






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a clip of Dr. Martin Baroch taken from the 2008 USPTA World Conference in La Quinta, California. In this clip, Dr. Baroch emphasizes the importance of keeping the head up or "Chin Up" on the serve at the contact point. I highly recommend video taping the serve to detect this as it is very difficult to see this in actual time.

June 4, 2009

Unstructured Play






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a station used in the Kindergarten tennis program at Punahou where students get time for "Unstructured" play. Small children are designed to have many brief periods of moderate and intense activity, however, they should not be expected to perform endurance exercises.

This station is ideal for young 5 & 6 years olds as they can get hundreds of repetitions without having to scramble long distances to retrieve balls. This station encourages children to develop flexibility, coordination and balance. It also maximizes active participation.