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September 19, 2012

PE Fitness Testing






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Paul Zientarski, PE (LRPE) Coordinator, PE4Life Consultant.

April 5, 2012

New Sensor-Laden Racquet Replaces Coaches

Sensor-laden smart racquet to replace tennis coaches. Click here to watch the video.

February 14, 2012

Weak Hands = Weak Player






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"Git a Grip" - Lee Couillard, USPTA 2012 Hawaii Convention


Testing Hand Grip-Strength using a Hand Dynamometer.

I. Weak Hands = Weak Player. There is no such thing as a player with weak hands and a strong body, it doesn't work that way!
a. The grip is the only part of the racket that you make contact with.
b. Grip affects the release point.

ll. There are 35 muscles involved in movement of the forearm and hand, with most of these involving gripping activities.
a. Flexor vs extensor
b. Hand is a pliers - test thumb to fingers
c. Every angle must be trained. Body Posture
d. Various studies show that grip strength is greater with less flexion in the elbow.

III. Circadian Rhythm (Body Clock)
a. Peak Performance throughout the day with peaking in men in the late afternoon. (Cappert, 1999)

IV. Gender Differences
a. Males
b. Females

V. Nutrition
a. This simple method of non-invasive measurement may provide nutritionists and medical professionals with valuable screening data, prior to further more invasive testing.

VI. Racket Technology
a. Light vs Heavy
b. Tennis Elbow

VII. Grip Classification, Grip Size
a. Strong Grips
b. Weak Grips
c. Neutral Grips

VIII. Soft Power
a. Manual Dexterity
b. Touch and Dexterity

IX. Best training exercises.
a. Dead lifts, Kettle balls, Ropes, Tug-O-War, Pull-ups, etc.

April 8, 2010

Whole Teaching






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Dr. Porter does more than just coach. As a full professor in the Exercise and Sports Science Division he teaches many of the core courses required by Exercise and Sports Science majors. He is the faculty liaison overseeing the University's Fitness Center and is responsible for the Faculty Fitness Program and the "personal fitness trainers" assigned to selected faculty and staff members. He also volunteers his time to teach religion classes on campus.

Dr. Porter, a USPTA Master Professional is also active in tennis on the national and international level. He was a past President of the United States Professional Tennis Association, a 14,000-member organization of tennis teaching professionals worldwide. Dr. Porter is a much sought-after speaker and has given clinics and workshops for the ATP, the ITF, the USPTA, and the USTA. He has spoken in the former Soviet Union, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, the South Pacific, Mexico, and South America.

Dr. Porter is a member of MENSA. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from BYU in Provo, Utah and his Doctorate from the University of Hawaii. He loves to read, listen to music, and spend time with his family. He is active in church work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary to New England as a young man. He is married to Lorrie Porter and they have four children, Terah, Lincoln, Dillon and Taylor.


October 29, 2009

Elastic Energy







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Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.

October 16, 2009

High Speed Video






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows examples of frame rates used in high speed video analysis. Filming at around 300 frames per second (fps) is all that is necessary to detect and correct any technical problems of any stroke.


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).

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).


December 21, 2008

A Quiet Eye

As opposed to "watching the ball" players should concentrate on the area of "gaze control" and NOT try to watch the ball hit the strings of the racket. This video find from Scientific American Frontiers is courtesy of "flash9" from the Tennis Warehouse forum.

A Quiet Eye. Click here to watch the video.

November 29, 2008

Putting on the brakes






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Lee Couillard, USPTA Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii explains the "Brake Step" to the ACE II tennis class.


October 22, 2008

Linear & Lateral Movement







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 14, 2008

Drop Step






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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 11, 2008

Major Hip Turn






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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 10, 2008

Speed! Speed! Speed!







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 8, 2008

Acceleration Position







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.

October 7, 2008

Body Lean







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Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. joined the USTA Player Development staff as the Manager of Sport Science in 2008. Mark will be based in the Boca Raton office.

Mark was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he pursued his graduate work performing tennis-specific research and has a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Health/Fitness Instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II sprints coach and also a USPTA certified tennis coach.

Mark has published and presented tennis specific research in numerous top scientific journals and at national and international conferences. He is also an author of the tennis conditioning text Tennis Training: Enhancing On-Court Performance and is currently an Associate Editor of the Strength and Conditioning Journal. Prior to joining the USTA, Dr. Kovacs was an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Wellness at Jacksonville State University.


September 20, 2008

Hold the Finish






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At the 2008 USPTA World Conference in La Quinta, Calilfornia, Dr. Martin Baroch explains the importance of "remaining in the finish" of your follow through. All elite players have extended, longer finishes than recreational players.


ABOUT MGB SPORTS GMBH and MBTA & HPC

MGB Sports GmbH/LLC was formed in summer 2001 under the Swiss law as the corporate structure over the international teaching and global educational activities and services provided by Dr. Martin G. Baroch (MGB). In the fall of 2007 also the internet activities around the new social networks www.MyTennisWorld.net and www.MySkiWorld.net are running under the roof of the MGB Sports GmbH/LLC.
MBTA & HPC daily programs at our base in Horgen, Switzerland are run privately directly by Dr. Martin G. Baroch (MGB).

All of our services are primarily offered at our base in Horgen, Switzerland (near Zurich) but can be brought to you anywhere in the world upon request.

MGB focuses on three (3) main areas:

1) Martin Baroch Tennis Academy (MBTA) - provides comprehensive tennis training programs, consulting and related education for professional tennis players, motivated players of all ages with high ambitions at any level of the play and cutting edge education programs, as well as seminars/consulting for tennis coaches/teachers. The tennis training at any level of the play is based on MBTA's own, worldwide acclaimed, most body efficient and health conscious "Dynamic Total Body Tennis" (DTBT) system, which incorporates the "Last 20% Decide It All!!!" neuro-muscular principles necessary for reaching the ultimate success in tennis (besides all other fields...). Most dedicated local tournament players from our program can enter the MBTA-COMPETITION TEAM. A significant part of our efforts also goes towards worldwide activities supporting the quality growth of the game of tennis the world over - DTBT World Tour, Coaches Education.

2) Martin Baroch Human Performance Center (MBHPC) - provides complex health-conscious performance enhancement programs, guidance/coaching, consulting and related education for performers (mainly professionals) in different sports, demanding businesses and special fields (Performance Coaching) as well as in other areas of life including healthy lifestyle & nutrition (Life Coaching).

3) MGB Management & Marketing (MGBMM) - offers a wide range of comprehensive management and consulting services in tennis and other sports and related business fields ranging from player/athlete career build-up, representation/promotion and management over investment opportunities and insurance questions up to consulting for the tennis associations, tennis resort and facility management. Because of our global operations, MGBMM can build on far reaching referral contacts not only in the tennis and sports industries worldwide, but also in many other related

September 5, 2008

Follow Through Misconception







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional explains the importance of the follow through and how it is an "INDICATOR" and is "SITUATION SPECIFIC." This footage is from the 2008 US Open. Pay special attention to the follow through of Elena Dementieva, the 2008 Gold Medalist winner at this years Beijing Olympics, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Celic.

August 24, 2008

Trunk Rotation







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In this video Paul Roetert explains the degree of trunk rotation and why the follow through is situation specific.

Paul Roetert, Ph.D is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.


August 18, 2008

V.U.G.E.







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Paul Roetert explains a concept known as V.U.G.E. (vigorous upper garment elevation.) When serving or loading on the groundstrokes your shirt should ride up the body and expose the torso area.

Paul Roetert, Ph.D is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.


August 16, 2008

Ground Reaction Force (GRF)






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Paul Roetert explains the physics of Ground Reaction Force (GRF) and how it relates to the serve. In this video he explains the minor differences in GRF when comparing the pinpoint and platform stance. At the higher levels of the game, GRF is used on the ground strokes as well.

Paul Roetert, Ph.D is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.

August 15, 2008

Pronation & Supination







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Paul Roetert explains the difference between pronation and supination and how this relates to the movement in the windshield wiper forehand with regard to the wrist, forearm and shoulder.

Paul Roetert, Ph.D is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.


August 12, 2008

Anatomical Planes






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Paul Roetert explains the movements of the Transverse, Frontal and Sagittal Plane. When serving correctly, all three of these movements are performed in a coordinated, smooth motion.

Paul Roetert, Ph.D is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida.

March 16, 2008

Shoulder Strength






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Todd Ellenbecker, MS, PT, SCS, OCS, CSCS, USPTA tests the shoulder strength of some tennis players.

Rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle, but other parts of the cuff may be involved. In this video, Shelley Fey demonstrates 7 exercises that can strengthen your shoulder joint to prevent rotator cuff injuries. Shelly is a Physical Education Teacher at Punahou School.

Todd Ellenbecker is a Chairman of the USTA Sport Science Committee and is also a physical therapist and clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received his degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985 and a master's degree in exercise physiology from Arizona State University in 1989.
In addition, he is a certified sports clinical specialist, an orthopaedic clinical specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional, and is the chairman of the USTA National Sport Science Committee.

Todd has conducted and published research primarily on upper extremity athletes, with a specific emphasis on the musculoskeletal adaptations in elite tennis players. He has conducted research and lectured internationally on shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, as well as training techniques to enhance performance and prevent injuries in tennis players.

He is the author of several books, "The Elbow in Sport", "Complete Conditioning for Tennis", "Closed Kinetic Chain Exercise", and Examination of the Shoulder", and is the editor of the second edition of "Knee Ligament Rehabilitation", and co-editor of "The Scientific and Clinical Application of Elastic Resistance".

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).