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1st Edition

Science and Racket Sports IV

ISBN 9780415666930
Published June 2, 2012 by Routledge
336 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Science and Racket Sports IV presents a selection of important contemporary research into the four core racket sport disciplines of tennis, badminton, squash and table tennis. It showcases the best of the peer-reviewed papers and keynote addresses presented at the Fourth World Congress of Science and Racket Sports, Madrid.

Including contributions from many of the world’s leading racket sport scientists, researchers and practitioners, the book details cutting-edge research in six key areas:

  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports medicine
  • Psychology
  • Performance analysis
  • Pedagogy, sociology and coach education

This invaluable collection touches on the most important issues within contemporary sport science, and explores the full range of theoretical, experimental and applied work within the study of racket sports. It is essential reading for all sports scientists, sports physicians, therapists and coaches working in this area.

Table of Contents




1. Physiological testing in badminton.

O. Faude and M. Fries

2. Core temperature and hydration status in professional tennis players measured in live tournament conditions.

A. J. Pearce

3. Anaerobic performance during intermittent exercise and body composition in tennis players of different biological and chronological age.

E. Ziemann and T. Garsztka

4. Comparison of laboratory and on-court testing of aerobic fitness in tennis players.

R.W. Meyers

5. A specific incremental test in tennis.

O. Girard, R. Chevalier, F. Leveque, J.P. Micallef and G. P Millet

6. Muscle fibre type distribution and fibre size of triceps brachialis in elite tennis players.

J. Sanchís-Moysi, A. Guadalupe-Grau, S. Guerra, H. Olmedillas, C. Dorado and J. A. L. Calbet

7. Development of a tennis-specific fatigue inducing protocol and the effects of

caffeine on performance.

D. Hornery, D. Farrow, I. Mujika and W. Young

8. Nutrition knowledge and nutrition habits of tennis coaches.

B. R. Matkovic, B. Matkovic and P. Tudor-Barbar.

9. Correlations of physiological responses in squash players during competition.

J. R. Alvero Cruz, J. Barrera Expósito, A. Mesa Alonso and D. Cabello Manrique

10. Field based assessment of speed and power in junior badminton players.

M. G. Hughes.

11. Energy expenditure measurement in badminton players during a training camp using doubly labeled water.

E. Watanabe, S. Igawa, T. Sato, M. Miyazaki, S. Horiuchi and K. Seki

12. Kinanthropometric profile, body composition, somatotype and grip strength dynamometry in young high level tennis, badminton, and table tennis players

F. Pradas, E. Martínez, P.E. Alcaraz and L. Carrasco

13. Analysis of the somatotype, body composition and anthropometry in badminton players between 12 and 16 years.

M. de Hoyo, B. Sañudo and F. París


14. The role of biomechanics in racket sports.

A. Lees

15. Angular velocities in the tennis serve.

C. López de Subijana and E. Navarro

16. Comparison of injuries between Slovenian table tennis and badminton players.

M. Kondric, G. Furjan-Mandic, L. Zekan Petrinovic and D. Cilig

17. Prevention of injuries and cardiovascular events in veteran table tennis players.

J.-F. Kahn and T. Charland

18. Strategies and support mechanisms used by elite Australian female tennis players returning to the circuit from injury.

J. A. Young, M. Pain, R. Kane and A. J. Pearce

19. The use of plantar supports in badminton and squash players.

G. A. Gijón Noguerón, M. Gijón Noguerón and D. Cabello Manrique

20. Centre of gravity in paddle rackets: Implications for technique.

P.T. Gómez Píriz and M. F. Álvarez


21. Anticipation and skill in racket sports.

M. Williams

22. A perception-action perspective on learning and practice in racket sports.

G. J. P. Savelsbergh

23. Influence of training and task difficulty on efficiency of a forehand drive in table tennis.

L. Jospin, V. Fayt and S. Lazzari

24. Tennis play simulator 1: Psychomotor efficiency in tennis on the basis of locomotion movements.

J. Lapszo

25. Tennis play simulator 2. Speed of sequential ball-hitting movements under practice and competitive conditions.

J. Lapszo


26. Computerized notational analysis and performance profiling in racket sports.

M. Hughes, M. T. Hughes and H. Behan

27. Playing patters of world elite male and Austrian top male single’s badminton players

E. Oswald

28. Comparison of the average game playing time in different scoring systems in badminton

L. Petrinovic Zekan, Ž. Pedišic, D. Ciliga and M. Kondric

29. Feedback systems in table tennis.

A. Baca and P. Kornfeind

30. Practice oriented match analyses in table tennis as a coaching aid.

R. Leser and A. Bacca

31. Quantitative analysis of playing efficiency in squash

G. Vuckovic, B. Dežman, S. Kovacic and J. Perš

32. A comparison of whole match and individual set data in order to identify valid performance indicators for real-time feedback in men’s single tennis matches

H. Choi, P. O’Donoghue and M. Hughes

33. Variability in men’s singles tennis strategy at the US Open.

P. O’Donoghue

34. Time analysis of three decades of men’s singles at Wimbledon.

H. Takahashi, T. Wada, A. Maeda, M. Kodama, H. Nishizono and H. Kurata


35. New perspectives and research applications in tennis.

M. Crespo

36. Sport identity of Polish badminton players in the context of other selected sport disciplines.

M. Lenartowicz

37. Coach education: Models, characteristics and views of Greek tennis coaches.

N. Grivas and K. Mantis

38. Modern teaching methods for tennis – what o they have in common.

P. Unierzyski and M. Crespo

39. Season of birth effects on elite junior tennis players’ World rankings.

P. O’Donoghue

40. Health related habits of tennis coaches.

B. Matkovic, L. Ružic and B. R. Matkovic

41. Integrated functional evaluation: A specific proposal for badminton

C. Blasco, A. Ruiz and R.P. Garrido

42. The social structure of racket sports practice in Spain.

R. Llopis Goig and D. Llopis Goig

41 Integrated functional evaluation: A specific proposal for badminton

C. Blasco, A. Ruiz and R.P. Garrido

42 The social structure of racket sports practice in Spain.

R. Llopis Goig and D. Llopis Goig

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Adrian Lees is Professor of Biomechanics and Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Chair of the World Commission of Sports Biomechanics Steering Group for Science and Racket Sports, he has promoted the three previous Science & Racket Sports Congresses and associated books. Author of over 20 books and chapters, he is editorial board member for the Journal of Sports Sciences, and Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the European College of Sports Sciences. David Carbello Manrique is Senior Lecturer in the Education Sciences Faculty at the University of Granada. Gema Torres Luque is Senior Lecturer at the Catholic University of Murcia, Spain. They co-organised the 4th World Congress of Science and Racket Sports.