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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
We parents are our children’s best and most important advocates. That applies to school. That applies to doctors. And that applies to tennis.
Every now and then, you and your junior tennis player will come up against a rule – or an official’s interpretation of a rule – that doesn’t seem to be in the best interest of the child. The rule may pertain to rest time between matches or to alternative scoring or to suspension points.
Two years ago, my son was playing in a Bullfrog (designated) tournament out of state. It was the first really hot weekend of the year, and my son was scheduled to play 3 backdraw matches that day with an hour More >
For the past several days, the outside temperature has moved into triple digits here in Atlanta, so I figured I’d write a little about how to help our junior players stay healthy in the extreme heat.
What is heat-induced cramping? According to Dr. Scott Riewald, USTA’s Administrator of Sport Science, heat cramps come from dehydration and electrolyte loss that result from sweating. There are other factors (e.g. anxiety, psychological stresses) that can contribute to heat cramps as well. The end result is there is a change in the way the nerves communicate with the muscles – the nerves send inappropriate electrical signals to the muscles that cause them to contract or spasm. The cramps often begin as subtle “twitches” in one or more More >