Extend practice by 15 minutes for nutritional repair of muscles
by Robert Portman, Ph.D., and Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., USPTA
Serious tennis players and coaches plan out every practice in great detail. The session usually has specific goals and measuring sticks to evaluate overall progress. So it will probably come as a surprise to many coaches and players that a number of the major improvements in training actually start when players stop hitting tennis balls. To better understand why, let's first look at the state of muscles immediately after a hard practice.