Courts and Play

Apr 6, 2016 by

Many of us know that there are various types of courts that range from grass to clay to artificial materials. What we sometimes forget until we actually start playing on these courts though, is that the different types of courts have different characteristics of play. We’re here to provide you with the information you may need to be prepared for playing on a different type of court than you’re used to.   Grass Courts   The first tennis courts were made of grass. Today, it is the least available court because of the expenses that come with frequent maintenance, and limited playable time frames. Unlike other court types, grass courts are only available a few months out of the year, and can be worn down if played on too frequently. The inconsistent and soft...

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Play Tennis for Soccer!

Apr 4, 2016 by

We know. You’re probably thinking: tennis and soccer? Could we have picked two more different sports to compare, a racket sport and a sport with minimal hand use. There’s actually more similarities between the two activities than you might think.   Tennis requires great footwork to ensure the best possible contact point every shot while your opponent has the goal of ruining your contact point every shot.  In soccer footwork is the sport, being able to use your feet effectively to pass, shoot and dribble.    Passing a soccer ball is most consistent by using the inside of your foot.  That footwork pattern is the same for inside out shots in tennis.  Passing with the inside of your right foot is the same as the inside out forehand (for right handed players), while passing...

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Juice Your Way To Victory

Apr 4, 2016 by

The juicing hype stormed hard into the health community in the recent past, and while the talk isn’t as frequent and animated now, it’s still there. Why has the prospect of juicing still lingered? Wasn’t it a fad diet?   There are advantages to juicing though that might capture your attention however that have been proven and are supported by university studies. It has been discovered, is that with proper planning juicing can: Help increase daily intake of fruit and vegetables Help with weight loss Boost sports performance and muscle recovery   It’s easy to see how juicing can help you take in more fruit and vegetables. The weight loss aspect of juicing, however, gets a little more complicated. Vegetables and fruit are healthy, yes, but they do still provide calories. If you’re watching...

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Protect Yourself From The Heat

Mar 28, 2016 by

As the climate gets warmer, more and more people head outdoors to play tennis. While it’s pleasant to feel the sun on your face as you hit the ball back and for with your friends, there are a few things that you should keep in mind before stepping out into that sunlight. The combination of the warmer climate, and your body heating up during match plays puts you in higher risk of heat illnesses such as muscle cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.   In the heat, if you don’t have enough fluids in your body, and if your sweat isn’t evaporating fast enough, chances are you will experience one of the heat illnesses mentioned previously. As you play, your body heats up from movement, on top of that the heat from the court...

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How Can Tennis Benefit Baseball and Softball?...

Mar 28, 2016 by

Both baseball and softball create many athletes with great throwing arms and hand-eye coordination that would benefit them if they played tennis, but did you know tennis could also benefit a player’s performance in baseball and softball?   Tennis helps many athletes develop a variety of skills that are as useful on the court as they are on the field. Tennis has a similar arm motion in the serves as baseball and softball throwing movements. This serve motion happens at the beginning of every match, and can strengthen the throwing skills of baseball and softball players. Besides enhancing an athlete’s throwing skills, tennis has many more skills it can help improve such as catching, striking, and running. The tennis player doesn’t catch the ball with the hand most times, but when they hit a...

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All You Want to Know About the Raw Food Diet...

Mar 25, 2016 by

As people have become more and more self-conscious about the size of their bodies, they’ve turned to the countless varieties of diets out there to help slim down their bodies. Many people have also started to turn to specific diets to best support their bodies needs such as low-sodium diets for those struggling with high blood pressure, or gluten-free diets for those who are allergic to gluten. The raw food diet was created, and used for a combination of these purposes. The idea of eating raw foods for health purposes started in the 1800s with doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner who discovered he could cure his own jaundice by eating raw apples. This discovery inspired him to test the effects of other raw food on human health, which then slowly evolved into what we know today...

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Tennis: A Mental War Zone

Mar 21, 2016 by

When many of us think of tennis, we think of the rackets hitting the ball back and forth over a net. What many of us miss, however, is the mental battle going on inside each player. The few times our minds really turn to the player’s mental battle is when they throw a tantrum out of frustration. This tantrum includes throwing rackets, and hitting the ball with unnecessary force. While it may be entertaining for the audience, it can be embarrassing for the actual player, and encouraging for their opponent. The anger can also cause a player to slightly change their grip, or timing, when they hit the ball, which can make a huge difference in your play.   Passion is great and may even be necessary to play sports at a higher level,...

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Is It Time To Restring?

Mar 21, 2016 by

Although we don’t like to admit it, many of us may be taking our strings for granted. We put a lot of focus on the large and flashy rackets, and tennis clothes and shoes; who can blame us? There’s always something new being brought to our attention, things that promise better play, better style, and some of these promises are delivered. We get so caught up in these other details, however, we forget the one item that has the most actual contact with the ball: the strings.   Yes, we’ve already read about how to select the best strings, we’ve even splurged a bit to figure out what we like to play with best, and have been using it since— isn’t that enough? Unfortunately, strings aren’t as durable and long lasting as the racket...

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Hydration= Water + Electrolytes...

Mar 20, 2016 by

Most people understand the importance of proper hydration; water is being pushed upon everyone for good health, but while water is necessary for hydration and proper body function, it can’t work alone.   According to the USTA, there is a condition called hyponatremia which happens when an athlete only consumes water, and sweats out large amounts of electrolytes like sodium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. This means that the fluids within the body becomes diluted, causing nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, appetite loss, restlessness, irritability, muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, and even seizures in worst case scenarios. So while it is important to be taking in water during exercise, it is also equally important to replenish the amount of electrolytes.   Many sources say that water is fine for light to moderate intensity exercises,...

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Evolution of the Tennis Ball

Mar 14, 2016 by

Just as tennis is different from jeu de paume, tennis balls have also come a long way to become the familiar yellow fuzz things we are all so familiar with today. When it first started out, they were made of leather or animal intestines filled with earth, sawdust, sand, chalk, human hair, horsehair, or wool, and tied with rope. In 1480CE, however, the different varieties started to become regulated in France when King Louis XI only allowed the balls to be made of the best quality of wool and leather. The varieties kept on, however, in the Scotland where people were filling goat and sheep stomachs with wool, human hair, or putty stuffing, and tied it with a piece of rope to create the desired round shape. Later, these stuffed stomachs were wrapped in...

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If The Shoes Fit

Mar 14, 2016 by

Tennis involves a lot of footwork, and requires the proper shoes to be able to support it. In fact, finding the right shoes is just as—if not more– important as finding the right racket. Many people jump into the sport with regular running shoes, but there’s a reason there’s a specified category of shoes for tennis. Running shoes have soft, thick heels that are made to support forward running, but that’s it. Tennis involves so much more variety in footwork (such as lateral movement, and quick turns, stops, and starts) that the players need more support in their shoes to prevent injuries and provide them with a more comfortable playing environment. To provide that, tennis shoes are made with heavier, stiffer materials that are durable, but breathable. The soles are also flat to prevent...

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Rainbow Diet: Blue and Purple

Mar 10, 2016 by

Blue and purple food have many overlapping food items and benefits so we decided to put them into one category. The food in this category is well known for their high level of anthocyanin, which gives them their deep dark pigment. These are one of the most potent antioxidants and provide many health benefits for the body.   There have been many studies conducted with the anthocyanin that induces its ability to prevent cancer and other diseases. These studies have shown that foods with this particular pigment could reduce esophagus cancer by 60%, and decrease cholesterol levels by 13.7%. It has also been shown to improve age induced short-term memory loss and prevents urinary tract infections like E.coli by keeping bacteria from sticking to cells within the body. Additionally, the food that contains this...

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Hit The Gym To Up Your Game!

Mar 7, 2016 by

Of course, to get better at a sport, practice is best. Sometimes, however, it might be helpful to your game if you work out particular muscles. Creating a workout routine outside of the court could be almost as useful to your game as playing the sport itself. We only say “almost” because working out at the gym cannot replace the valuable time you get honing your tennis skills while you are on court. Working out at the gym, however, does provide many benefits to those who are playing competitively, or just want to get better. It will help to: maintain muscle balance in your body, create more power in your shots, and decrease your chance for injuries.   Should you decide to create a gym routine, we have a few tips: When planning, select...

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Sleep Tight, Play with Might

Mar 7, 2016 by

Sleep is important for health. We all know this. The details behind its significance, however, get lost for many of us. With the proper amount of sleep, our bodies are rejuvenated from the activities of the previous day, and are actually able to enhance our abilities for the upcoming day. Many studies show that without sleep, the body will act like it does when it has consumed alcohol: split-second decision-making skills, memory, focus, and accuracy decline, as do glycogen and carbohydrate levels which are energy sources that are stored for physical activity. On top of this there is an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, and fatigue. For athletes, this means that with lack of sleep comes higher risk of injury, and impaired game play caused by slow reaction times, lack of focus, and...

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Rainbow Diet: Green

Mar 2, 2016 by

When we think vegetables, many of us find ourselves thinking of green vegetables— and our parents were right to tell us to eat them. These well known green foods are filled with chlorophyll which give them their beautiful color, and has shown, according to an Oregon State University study, to have anti-cancer properties. These green foods (because we are also still including fruits) are also rich in folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin K, lutein, potassium, carotenoids, fiber, and even omega-3 fatty acids.   All these different vitamins, minerals, proteins and fibers offered by the green category foods provide many great benefits for the body. Folic acid has been known to help maintain new cells, and fiber has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease, infections, and respiratory disease...

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Finding the Perfect Strings

Feb 29, 2016 by

Many people are focused on finding the perfect racket, but forget that it’s the strings that have actual contact with the ball. With this said, it is equally important (if not more so) to find the right strings for the player. When looking to buy strings, it is good to figure out what you like in these four categories: gauge, material, construction, and tension.   Gauge (Thickness):             This is the easiest thing to decide— whether to go thicker or thinner. Thicker strings have lower gauge numbers, and thinner strings have higher gauge numbers. Some strings add an “L” at the end of the number which means that it is slightly thinner than a string marked with just the number (i.e. a 15L is thinner than a 15).  Most players use the thinnest gauge...

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Can Playing Tennis Be Beneficial to Other Sports?...

Feb 29, 2016 by

The short answer is yes. Tennis creates well-rounded athletes who can use the skills they’ve gained through tennis, for other sports.   Serve and overhead:             Every tennis match begins with a serve. If the serve doesn’t go in, and if it doesn’t go in with good technique and skill, the serving player can lose their point. This makes the throw and striking motion to be important skill combinations for the sport. The same motions become just as important when the potential of an overhead hit presents itself in a match. These motions are similar to the throwing motions used in baseball and football, and would prove useful to players of those sports who are looking for something to do off season.   Soft-hand skills:             Sometimes, tennis requires soft-hand skills at the most...

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The Rainbow Diet: Red

Feb 27, 2016 by

Red colored foods are well known for their source of vitamin C, antioxidants such as anthocyanin, and lycopene. Red colored foods are most beneficial in reducing cancer of the prostate, breast, neck, and skin, and improving the immune system.   More specifically, however, red fruits are also very rewarding for athletes. Cherries have relatively more concentrated amounts of melatonin, which helps to regulate the internal clock, and both cherries and pomegranates reduce inflammation, which helps post-exercise soreness and muscle recovery. Also, beetroot’s high concentration of nitrates improves exercise endurance by 16%.   The most interesting of the foods in the red category, though, is the tomato. Though also found in watermelon and pink grapefruit, the tomato has been discovered to have larger amounts of lycopene, which helps to prevent cancer of many forms. It...

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Choosing the Proper Racket for YOU...

Feb 23, 2016 by

Today, there are as many different rackets as there are cars, and just like cars, each racket has its own unique quality that makes it special and preferred by different people. With all of the different varieties, however, it may make it difficult for a player to figure out which one they like best.   It is time consuming, but the best way to find a new racket is to try many different rackets from different companies. Fortunately, for those of you who are members at the Forest Crest Athletic Club, Basha Tennis has many rackets in the office for rent. You could rent a different racket every clinic to see what feels best.   The first and easiest preference to make out is the proper grip size. Finding your proper grip size is...

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