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Wheelchair tennis match-play demands: effect of player rank and result.

Sindall, P and Lenton, JP and Tolfrey, K and Cooper, RA and Oyster, M and Goosey-Tolfrey, VL (2013) Wheelchair tennis match-play demands: effect of player rank and result. International journal of sports physiology and performance, 8 (1). 28 - 37. ISSN 1555-0265

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To examine the heart-rate (HR) response and court-movement variables during wheelchair tennis match play for high- (HIGH) and low- (LOW) performance-ranked players. Analysis of physiological and movement-based responses during match play offers an insight into the demands of tennis, allowing practical recommendations to be made. Fourteen male open-class players were monitored during tournament match play. A data logger was used to record distance and speed. HR was recorded during match play. Significant rank-by-result interactions revealed that HIGH winners covered more forward distance than HIGH losers (P < .05) and had higher average (P < .05) and minimum (P < .01) HRs than LOW winners. LOW losers had higher average (P < .01) and minimum (P < .001) HRs than LOW winners. Independent of result, a significant main effect for rank was identified for maximum (P < .001) and average (P < .001) speed and total (P < .001), reverse (P < .001), and forward-to-reverse (P < .001) distance, with higher values for HIGH. Independent of rank, losing players experienced higher minimum HRs (P < .05). Main effects for maximum HR and actual playing time were not significant. Average playing time was 52.0 (9.1) min. These data suggest that independent of rank, tennis players were active for sufficient time to confer health-enhancing effects. While the relative playing intensity is similar, HIGH players push faster and farther than LOW players. HIGH players are therefore more capable of responding to ball movement and the challenges of competitive match play. Adjustments to the sport may be required to encourage skill developmental in LOW players, who move at significantly lower speeds and cover less distance.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sindall, P
Lenton, JP
Tolfrey, K
Oyster, M
Goosey-Tolfrey, VL
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 January 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of sports physiology and performance
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Page Range: 28 - 37
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1123/ijspp.8.1.28
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1555-0265
PubMed ID: 22868894
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 18:48
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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