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Tennis- anticipation exercise

Function:

Exercise develops ability to observe movements of opponent and quickly draw conclusions. Thanks to it athlete will be able to easily predict strikes of opponent and take advantage over him.

Setting:

After activating “Anticipation” training cover semaphore with presented symbol. Then symbols will be presented on three semaphores – these are semaphores assigned to athlete. Three others are assigned to coach.

Athlete and coach stand opposite each other. In front of them are located assigned semaphores.

Information:

Each semaphore on coach’s side is connected to particular semaphore on athlete’s side. Athlete by observing movements of coach learns the rule. After a while he is able to react faster only by seeing movements of coach.

Realization:

  1. Coach starts the exercise by covering first semaphore with symbol “X”
  2. Athlete tries his luck and searches for correct semaphore.
  3. After covering the right semaphore symbols “X” on the athlete’s side disappear.
  4. Coach covers next semaphore.
  5. Athlete uses information from previous step and tries to find correct semaphore.
  6. When athlete will learn the whole rule, we can randomly change position of semaphores.

Remember

When predicting actions of opponent we have to focus on few elements at the same time. Adding different symbols on the semaphores will help to fully prepare our brain to anticipation on the court.

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Tennis- wide& narrow attention excercise

Function

This exercise will develop wide and narrow attention, which is ability to instantly switch between observing one important element and few elements on wide field.

 

Setting

After activating „Attention” training, there will be presented „X” symbol on one of the semaphores. Put this semaphore in the middle of center service line. Cover „X” semaphore. In next step there will appear symbols on five other semaphores. Among them, one symbol will be presented twice. Cover one of those two semaphores. The one which doesn’t react for movement – put in the middle of the net. Other semaphores (4) should be put in outside corners of service boxes.

Realization:

  1. Athlete starts exercise behind the service line, runs and covers semaphore „X”.
  2. Semaphore on the net shows symbol, which should be found by athlete on other semaphores in corners.
  3. Athlete covers found semaphore.
  4. Athlete returns and covers semaphore „X” on the center service line.
  5. Next steps of exercise should be performed similarly

Remember

Tennis is a game where concentration of athlete may be easily disturbed. Turning on disturbing sounds in application will allow to train more effecitvely.

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Tennis- memory exercise

Function:

This exercise is used for effective memory training. Thanks to it an athletete will be able to memorize more important information during the game, which allows to make fast and good decisions.

Setting:

After activating „Memory” training, there will appear number on one of the semaphores. Cover this semaphore, find next one with presented number and repeat this action once again. Those three semaphores should be set in following places:

– baseline, left side,

– between service line and baseline, middle,

– deuce service box.

Put three other semaphores on the net (right doubles alley).

Information:

Numbers on semaphores may be presented in two colours:

– red – negative numbers,

– green – positive numbers.

The aim of the exercise is to add up all of the numbers on three mentionded semaphores. At the end of exercise athlete has to choose on of three semaphores with correct score.

Realization :

  1. Player begins exercise behind baseline (left doubles alley).
  2. Player covers first semaphore on the baseline.
  3. Player executes a strike.
  4. Player covers second semaphore.
  5. Player executes second strike.
  6. Player covers third semaphore.
  7. Player goes to the net and hits a volley.
  8. Player goes to the right doubles alley and covers one of three semaphores on the net.

Remeber:

Working with numbers gives us countless posibilities of grading difficulty level. Using multiplication and division will provide better results.

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Memory in sports

Role of memory in sports

Memory is one of the most interesting abilities in sport. It works in an exceptional way by making a base for growth of other skills, like effective decision making or anticipation. Despite obvious advantages of memory training it is still rarely seen among athletes. Knowing this fact, we can use it to be a step ahead of others!

Memory game

Sports commentators often use phrase „memory game”. It is a type o play, when athlete memebrs setting of players, so in few seconds he could use a trained schema.  Thanks to remembered information an athelte is able to predict where to find his teammate. This is nothing else but result of effective memory training, which gives us advantage with element of suprise and very fast actions.

 How memory works

We can distinguish four basic types of memory:

  • sensory memory – which briefly holds information from our senses
    (max. 0,5 s.),
  • short-term memory – which holds small amount on information for a short time, like players setting on the pitch,
  • working memory – which is used to process information,
  • long-term memory – which holds big amount of information, like knowledge how make a technicaly good strike.

When it comes to sports, the most interesting ones are short-term and working memory. Thanks to them we can make game changing decisions during the match. However, let’s remember that all of mentioned types work together, creating unity.

How to train memory in sports?

Memory exercises  should be used in cyclic sport training. Keep in mind, that memorizing is not enough to get best effects. There should be additional, brain stimulating tasks, like arithmetic operations. They will engage working memory and unblock potential of other skills. It is very important to start memory training from young age, when athlete’s brain is most opened for new stimuli.

 

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Decision making in sport

What’s the most important skill in sport?

If someone asked me what’s most important in porfessional sport, I would answer – efective decision making.

 

Even the fastest reaction, without good decision means nothing.

Decision making is a base of master performance in every sport. You can have perfect technique or be very strong but without good decisions, all other skills lose significance.

What’s an effective decision?

Effective decision is a full optimalization of two components: fast reaction and good execution. Young players tend to go into extremes. They make very fast but bad decisions or spend lot of time on finding a good choice. The key to success is to hold balance. Thanks to dedicated exercises we are able to teach our brain how to optimize process of decision making.

How to train decision making?

We should start with understanding the whole complicated process. Decision making requires from athletes 4 basic skills:

  • wide attention – thanks to which we can observe whole field to find important objects, e.g. players setting,
  • narrow attention – thanks to which we can focus on one important object, e.g. ball,
  • anticipation – ability to predict outcome of someones behaviour, usually by observing players movement.
  • memory – a base which holds the most important information.

A complex training of those four skills will give us a huge advantage over opponents. Let’s keep in mind that this kind of exercises should be done regularly as a complement of basic sport training.

Field intelligence

Ability of players to see opportunities and use them is often called „field inteligence”. It’s not magic. It’s an example of athletes who more frequently than others focus in their training on process of making good decisions.

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