Tennis Fitness Tips
 

 

The Ultimate Shoulder Stretch

for Tennis

By Todd Scott

 

 

How in the world do you stretch your shoulders before a match?

 

I've seen a lot of goofy "demonstrations" from shoulder swings to the spread eagle from players out on the court getting warmed up just before a match.

 

Some of the things I've seen can be effective if you know the precise "feeling" you should be trying to accomplish during the stretch, but NOTHING will loosen your rotator cuffs before a match quite like this - and you can do it on the court with nothing but a Tennis Racquet:

 

 

Rotator Cuff Stretch #1:

 

Shoulder Stretch

 

Shoulder Stretching

 

 

 

1) Extend your (right) upper arm directly out to the side gripping the handle with your palm

 

2) With the racquet face towards the ground, reach across the front of your body with your left arm and slightly full forward

 

** Make sure you keep your upper arm of the shoulder being stretched parallel to the ground through the entire movement for an effective stretch.

 

** Be careful not to stretch in a ballistic or uncontrolled manner. Ease into the stretch.

 

 

 

 

Rotator Cuff Stretch #2:

 

Tennis Shoulder Stretch

 

Shoulder Stretch for Tennis

 

 

1) Extend your (right) upper arm directly out to the side gripping the handle with your palm

 

2) With the racquet face towards the sky, reach across the front of your body with your left arm and slightly full forward

 

** Make sure you keep your upper arm of the shoulder being stretched parallel to the ground through the entire movement for an effective stretch.

 

** Be careful not to stretch in a ballistic or uncontrolled manner. Ease into the stretch.

 

 

As you can see here, I'm a bit too big for my racquet. Ideally I'd use a broom handle or a dowel for Stretch #2, but I wanted to show that the stretch can be performed using only a tennis racquet, and on the court just before you begin play.

 

 

If you have nagging shoulder pain, you might want to check out the

Ultimate Rotator Cuff Training Guide by clicking here

or by Just simply clicking the image below

 

 

 

 

 

 

'til next time train hard & win easy!

 

Todd Scott

http://IgnitingYourGame.com

 

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