1st Edition

Science and Racket Sports IV

Edited By Adrian Lees, D. Cabello, G. Torres Copyright 2009
    336 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    358 Pages 128 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.




    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


    A. Lees, D. Cabello, G. Torres