Read this interview I did for the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association
Coordination training is an often misunderstood and at times haphazardly delivered element of physical preparation. As with everything in coaching, context is king. Simply repeating drills seen on social media, without a good understanding of why you are using the exercise, delivers suboptimal coaching.
In September 2014, I attended a two-day workshop with Dan John in Leeds, organised by Brendan Chaplin. The main take-aways were about trying to make coaching simpler vs more complex - follow the KISS rule - Keep It Simple Stupid!
In 2014 I self-funded a trip to visit Beni Linder, the head physical trainer at the Swiss Tennis National Centre. I had seen his presentations on Tennis iCoach and could see similarities with myself in the way he coaches and the methods he uses with tennis players.
‘It’s a long journey’ – Why it is important tennis players complete physical training blocks.
The average age of the Top 20 players in the world are 26 and 25 years old for men and women respectively. That is a 15-20 year development period, from starting at mini-red to playing at the top level. In order to achieve this, it is vitally important the players’ programmes are balanced between technical, tactical, psychological and physical.