Veres Tennis Fitness fundamentals
Veres Tennis Academy Approach
Veres Tennis are firm proponents of the tried and true Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) that is a systematic approach being adopted by all sports (some better than others) to maximize athletic potential and increase the enjoyment of participants and athletes.
LTAD provides a framework for developing physical literacy, fitness and competitive ability, using a stage-by-stage approach. Veres Tennis utilizes a tennis modified version of the general LTAD model, for optimal performance. Brief overview of stages:
- Learn to Train
- Train to Train
- Train to Compete
- Train to Win
Learn to Train
- Tennis specific training.
- Enhance existing and develop new fundamental movement skills.
- Continue strength development.
- Continue endurance development.
- Continue agility (speed) development.
- Introduce basic flexibility.
- Develop habits for warm up, relaxation, cool down, stretching, hydration and other sports critical elements.
- Periodization may be deployed.
- Competition may begin, however focus is on athletic development over tournament result at ages 8-12
Train to Train
Further develop the ABC, sport specific.
- Train for sport (Tennis)
- Develop aerobic base
- Learn correct weight lifting techniques
- Further knowledge on sports specific elements such as stretching, nutrition, hydration, competition routines, tactics, etc
- Special attention to stretching and flexibility, as well as coordination due to rapid growth
- Competition still dominated by training.
- Ages 12-16
Train to Compete
- Approximately ½ the time spent training is devoted to technical and tactical aspects of tennis.
- Remaining is devoted to competition. Learn to perform and employ tools in competitive environment.
- ABC individually tailored.
- Advanced/multiple periodization, ages 16-18.
Train to Win
- ABC, technical and other ground work complete, focus on maximizing performance.
- Tennis athletes train to peak during key tournaments/events.
- Advanced periodization with competitions and high intensity training timed to avoid burn out.
- Ratio of competition-to-training the highest (still player dependent)
- Ages 18+