June 21, 2012
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
Tennis is a unique sport that involves intense physical activity for a prolonged period of time. Nobody knows how long one's match will last until the final point is won. Thus,it is vital for every tennis player to have the aerobic capacity to have endurance and tolerance
June 12, 2012
By Frank Dolan
Over the last five years, there has been a major shift in the perception and practice of physical training and its relationship to on-court performance. Instead of looking at becoming “fit” as a means to an end, players are now looking for programs that will enhance actual tennis skills.
April 4, 2012
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
Everybody knows that fluid imbalances and mild dehydration can trigger muscle cramping. And although we know that muscle cramping can and does occur with severe dehydration and heat injury, there is no conclusive evidence that consuming adequate fluids with or without electrolytes will prevent typical nocturnal or exercise-associated cramping.
March 26, 2012
By Frank Dolan
In order to design an effective dynamic warm-up routine, it is important to understand the science behind each component and how it can affect your tennis game in the short- and long-term. Most tennis athletes rarely warm up, or when they do, it is done in an ineffective manner.
March 19, 2012
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
There is no doubt that in order to get to the next level there is a need for speed. Now, more than ever, athletes are investing in personal trainers, speed training programs, and gym memberships to help improve performance on the field.
February 17, 2012
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
Following proper nutrition preparation will guarantee improved tennis performance. Packing your lunch box with proper snacks and fluids will help you to avoid fatigue, cramps and get you ready for any early matches, late matches or even multiple matches.
February 14, 2012
By Frank Dolan
The first step to improving a players’ speed is to assess and correct their functional movement limitations. It sounds unrelated to speed, but in fact, it is the foundation for building quality training programs, tennis mechanics and creating higher speeds on the court.
November 30, 2011
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
The foods that we eat provide the energy and fuel that our body needs. An athlete's body has different needs and requirements in order to optimize their athletic performance. A lot of people have misconceptions about different food groups, as some try to avoid carbohydrates, while others avoid fat.
September 28, 2011
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
Staying balanced with fluids and electrolytes is a key concern to every competitive athlete. Very common complains, such as fatigue and cramps, could be easily avoided if properly hydrated, especially during the hot and humid summer months.
August 1, 2011
By Irina Belfer-Lehat
Many people claim to be nutritionists … you can find one almost anywhere ... from a local vitamin shop, to a health food store or even your local gym. My goal is not to discredit them, but it does take approximately four years of college and one year of residency to become a licensed dietitian in the state of New York.
July 28, 2011
By Dr. Juan Gargiulo
Platelet Rich Plasma, or “PRP,” is one of a growing number of therapies which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. During a PRP procedure, a certified physician extracts one to two ounces of blood from the vein, and uses a centrifuge to separate out the platelets.
June 20, 2011
By Dr. Steven Jonas
Most of us begin our athletic endeavors without much thought of injury prevention. We go about whatever sport we choose with minimal preparation and no specific plan. As a result, many athletes find themselves injured on a regular basis. Having a plan with pre- and post-activity injury prevention measures is the key.
April 26, 2011
By Dr. Steven Jonas
Would you like to stop feeling as if your energy is being sapped as you are playing tennis, and even eliminate the aches and pains you feel afterwards? A functional movement screening (FMS) may be the solution.
April 21, 2011
By Dr. Juan Gargiulo
You used to have lots of energy, looked forward to a tennis match, were able to concentrate and perform, and overall, looked and felt great, but with age, you noticed some of these things started to change. Could testosterone deficiency be playing a role in your performance?
April 19, 2011
By Tom Saglimbeni
The days of lengthy low-intensity workouts, such as going for a 10-mile jog, are well behind those looking to improve their sports-related performance. Although we know we can vary our workout through the FITT Principle (Frequency, Intensity, Type, Time), changes in exercise intensity remains the single most important factor for those looking to achieve peak performance.
April 18, 2011
By Dr. Juan Gargiulo
Here are six reasons you shouldn’t wait until you’re sick to take care of yourself ...
February 8, 2011
By Dr. Holy Jonas
Whether you play tennis as a professional, competitive amateur or for occasional recreation, you’ve probably had—or know someone who has had—tennis elbow. The root cause of this syndrome can be as elusive as a correct diagnosis, which can be frustrating when pain is involved.
November 22, 2010
By Dr. Eric Price
A meniscus is a cartilage structure that provides shock absorption and cushioning in the knee joint. There are two menisci. They are located in between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). Meniscus tears are very common among tennis players. They are often the result of a twisting injury.
October 5, 2010
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Tuesday night’s episode of the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser” will feature Cardio Tennis as a key part of the weight-loss and fitness program for the 15 contestants. The show will air on NBC, Oct. 5, at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST.
September 22, 2010
By Dr. Eric Price
Proper form is essential to maintaining a healthy shoulder while playing tennis. During a tennis serve and stroke, power comes from the legs and transmitted to the racquet via what is known as the kinetic chain.
September 21, 2010
By Mike Mejia
A generation ago, training for athletes was a lot simpler than it is today. We lifted a few weights, did various forms of running for conditioning and even stretched on occasion. Granted, we probably weren't quite as fit as the athletes of today, but somehow we managed to get by.
August 12, 2010
By Mike Mejia
In last month's issue of Long Island Tennis Magazine, I discussed the importance of building a sound physical base before rushing into plyometric training. This time out, rather than just offer up some generalized guidelines, I thought I'd lay out the actual progression I use with the athletes that I train.
July 27, 2010
By Dr. Eric Price
Tennis elbow is a common and painful condition that affects of the outer portion of the elbow at a group of muscles are called the wrist extensors. These muscles are responsible for making a firm grip, as well as straightening the wrist and fingers.
June 2, 2010
By Mike Mejia
Comic book geeks the world over all remember that famous quote from Spiderman, where Uncle Ben warns a troubled Peter Parker that "With great power... comes great responsibility". Had he been a strength and conditioning coach, however, Spidey's uncle likely would have said something more like "With great power... comes an underlying need for strength and stability".