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Inside the Science of Serves, Nerves, and On-Court Dominance

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    Thought provoking and original, Tennisology delves into the science, psychology, and history of the world’s most popular individual sport in search of the factors that truly influence successful on-court play. The findings will not only surprise you but also change the way you approach the game.

    Based on the latest research, statistics, and analysis, Tennisology provides fascinating insights and observations on development, conditioning, and performance:

    • How and when the skills of the game are best learned

    • Why pressure affects some players but not others

    • Whether observing others can improve individual play

    • Whether there is a link between player personality and style of play

    • How and why height influences serve velocity

    • Whether great players are born or developed

    You will also discover how to apply the laws of physics to improve accuracy and consistency of shots and serves; how to structure training to minimize fatigue in lengthy matches; and how technology has affected the way the game is played, officiated, and coached.

    From the historical roots of modern tennis to the physical attributes that define the game, Tennisology will captivate you and make you think. It is a must-read for passionate players, coaches, and fans alike.

    Chapter 1 Evolution of the Sport

    Chapter 2 Court Lessons for Life

    Chapter 3 Learning the Game

    Chapter 4 Nature vs. Nurture on the Court

    Chapter 5 Player Development

    Chapter 6 Physics of Tennis

    Chapter 7 Tennis Technology

    Chapter 8 Trained Tennis Body

    Chapter 9 Visualization Techniques

    Chapter 10 Match Mind-Set

    Thomas Rowland is the director of pediatric cardiology at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He serves as a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and was a past adjunct professor of exercise science at the University of Massachusetts.

    Rowland is the author of two books, Children’s Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, and The Athlete’s Clock. He has served as editor of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science and president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) and was on the board of trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is past president of the New England chapter of the ACSM and received the ACSM Honor Award in 1993.

    Rowland is a competitive tennis player and distance runner. He and his wife, Margot, reside in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.