RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BALL IMPACT LOCATION AND JOINT ANGLE CHANGES FOR ONE-HANDED TENNIS BACKHAND GROUNDSTROKES

  • Mark King
  • Agnes Hau
  • Glen Blenkinso
Keywords: tennis, M-centre impacts, backhand

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of off-longitudinal axis and off-lateral axis ball-racket impact locations on racket and lower arm joint angle changes for one-handed tennis backhand ground strokes. Three-dimensional racket and wrist angular kinematic data were recorded for fourteen university tennis players. Off-longitudinal axis ball-racket impact locations explained over 70% of the variation in racket rotation about the longitudinal axis and wrist flexion / extension angles during the period immediately following impad. Off-lateral axis ball-racket impact locations had a less clear cut influence on racket and lower arm rotations. This study has confirmed that off-longitudinal impacts blow the longitudinal axis cause forced wrist flexion and established that there can be large differences in forced wrist flexion from individual to individual.
Published
2016-11-06
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities