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September 28, 2009

Reverse Forehand Comparison







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Mark Kovacs explains the difference between the reverse forehand and the forehand that Nadal uses.

DR. MARK KOVACS, PhD., CSCS
Senior Manager of Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science
USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Kovacs was an accomplished player and coach before transitioning to a career as a sport science expert. As a player he was a collegiate All-American and NCAA champion at Auburn University. He has a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Auburn and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal and co-author of tennis book titled "Tennis Training-Enhancing On-Court Performance". Mark is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, USPTA certified coach and United States Track and Field Level II Sprints Coach. Before starting with the USTA, Mark was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.


September 23, 2009

Short Ball, Deep Ball






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DR. MARK KOVACS, PhD., CSCS
Senior Manager of Strength & Conditioning/Sports Science
USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Kovacs was an accomplished player and coach before transitioning to a career as a sport science expert. As a player he was a collegiate All-American and NCAA champion at Auburn University. He has a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Auburn and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal and co-author of tennis book titled "Tennis Training-Enhancing On-Court Performance". Mark is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, USPTA certified coach and United States Track and Field Level II Sprints Coach. Before starting with the USTA, Mark was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

September 20, 2009

Rotary or Straight Up Toss






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows the different types of tosses used on the serve. There is no one single technique used on the toss, however, a toss that allows for the full synchronization of the of racket arm, trunk rotation and leg drive is most important. Because of the different types of service motions (abbreviated or full service motion), the toss will vary from player to player. The key to an effective serve is coordinating all the movements in a seamless manner and the toss is a critical part of this sequence.


September 8, 2009

Slap Shot Forehand







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Jeff Fitch, University of Hawaii, demonstrates the "Slap Shot" forehand.

September 4, 2009

John Isner's Serve







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John Isner's serve filmed by Brent Hunter, USPTA Tennis Professional, USPTA, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii. First week action at the 2009 US Open.

September 3, 2009

Stretching & Flexibility






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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).

September 2, 2009

Two Handed Backhand Grips (Part 2)






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Bernard Gusman, USPTA, Tennis Director, Punahou School, USTA High Performance Coach, Honolulu Hawaii shows the different grips used for the two-handed backhand. In this video he discusses the following different grips:

Left Hand - Eastern Right Hand- Eastern (fh) Level- Beginner Player: Evert
Left Hand - Eastern Right Hand-Continental Level- Beginner/Adv Player: Safin,
Left Hand - Eastern Right Hand- Eastern (bh) Level- Adv Player: Roddick
Left Hand - Semi-W Right Hand- Eastern (bh) Level- Adv Player: Safina
Left Hand - Semi-W Right Hand- Continental Level- Adv Player: Nadal
Left Hand - Cont Right Hand- Eastern (fh) Level- Adv Player: Baghdatis
Left Hand - Eastern(fh) Right Hand- Semi-W Level- Adv Player: S. Williams