Strength & Conditioning
Since the inception of the WimX Academy in 2005, Strength & Conditioning has played a vital part in player development. WimX believes that individual S&C training, tracking, planning and testing is a vital part to any serious player’s journey. Group training is good, but tennis is an individual sport where players have individual needs. That’s why WimX work hard to subsidise S&C training for serious players.
WimX S&C services are also available to external players.
The S&C program, in consultation with the Tennis Team, has several aims and objectives:
- To create athletes, who are self-sufficient & independent
- To provide bespoke programs to cater for individual players’ needs based on many factors, including: performance testing, movement screening, maturation status, training history, & injury history
- To take a multi-disciplinary approach, which can include nutrition, psychology & injury rehabilitation
- To offer tournament support from S&C coaches
Player programs are based upon athletes’ biological age not chronological age, to account for the differences in growth rates and timings. Biological age is predicted using non-invasive measures, which are then fed into a predictive equation which also predicts; adult height, age of main growth spurt and whether the player is an early or late developer (this method can predict adult height within ±5.35 cm 95% of the time in boys and ±6.81 cm 95% of the time in girls [Sherar, et al, 2005]).
Once biological age has been established, programs are guided using a modified version of the ‘The Youth Physical Development Model’ (Lloyd & Oliver, 2012). The youth physical development model provides a logical & evidence-based approach to the systematic development of physical performance in young athletes.
The compulsory tests (performance testing & movement screening) are performed three times a season on all WimX athletes. Athletes are assessed on return from the summer holidays, after the February half-term break (after players completed first training cycle), & before the summer holidays.
Performance testing (compulsory)
The physical performance tests are designed to assess for all physical components of tennis (linear speed, multi-directional speed, lower/upper limb power, agility & anaerobic endurance) & are based around the LTA Talent ID physical testing.
These tests are performed on the athletes up until the age of 12 years old, after which they move on to a more comprehensive assessment. All results from the tests are compared to national averages provided by the LTA, which in turn are used to identify strengths/weaknesses and guide the program development. Players are issued a report after each testing period, which includes goals for the next training cycle. Goals are reassessed after each testing period.
Movement Screening (compulsory)
For this we use a modified version of Gray Cooks Functional Movement Screen (FMS). We have chosen this:
- The FMS looks at how the body works as a whole to determine a general level of mobility and stability incorporated with functional movement.
- Helps to bring attention to any asymmetries or dysfunction that may be present.
- To rule out and red flag any special evaluation needs that may need to be referred to a physiotherapist or doctor prior to training.
- Can be used to predict susceptibility to injury.
Once players have been screened, they will be given individual corrective exercises in which to incorporate into their warm up & cool downs.
Athletes are monitored for fatigue; session by session using a child adapted omni scale & adult version for senior players. Growth development is measured on a monthly basis. Club injuries reports are produced twice a season.
Older athletes have the option of more rigorous testing and screening procedures. Alongside the standard Functional Movement Screening conducted, there are optional extras, which include:
- University of East London Performance Testing – which includes tests such as: body composition, aerobic endurance (treadmill V02 max test), lower body power (Wingate test), lower limb asymmetry (Isokinetic Dynamometry), and co-ordination (using a BATAK Pro).
- Body Profiling
- Postural Assessment
- Sessional Fatigue Monitoring
For more information on any of these optional extras please contact us.