Tennis Dynamic Warmup
Do you warm-up before you play tennis? Most of my recreational tennis players say they hit short court and then start playing. That is not a proper dynamic warmup. If this sounds familiar, you are missing a crucial step in the warmup process. The next time you head to the court, perform this warm-up routine comprised of dynamic movements. A dynamic warm-up is a series of movements that will prepare your body for the demands of tennis by opening up your hips, shoulders and trunk so you can hit your strokes effortlessly, enhance your performance, and will help minimize muscle cramps and injury.
Here is a dynamic warm-up routine to perform before your next practice, drills, or match. They are easy to do right on the court. If you aren't a fan of crawling on the court with the spiderman and inchworm that you will see in the video, skip those, but perform the rest! You’ll feel looser, stronger, and more ready to play.
Dr. Baudo Marchetti is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist at One on One Physical Therapy, a multidisciplinary private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where she treats athletes of all sports, ages, and levels especially tennis players of all ages and levels. For nearly five years, she was a full-time sports physiotherapist for the WTA Tour and is a tennis medicine expert. She teaches a Sports Physical Therapy course and assists in teaching orthopedics within the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University. You can contact Dr. Baudo Marchetti at Melissa@onetherapy.com or 770-500-3848. Learn more by visiting www.onetherapy.com or www.melissabaudo.com. Follow Dr. Baudo at @melissabaudo.