At Sánchez-Casal Academy, we have created our own premier training system, proven time and time again to be the most effective method of ensuring students-athletes achieve their best tennis level.
This High Performance training system places equal importance on both the player’s athletic development and on the players’ academic development. Academics are provided at ES International School, which is located on the grounds of the tennis academy.
This successful system has been used by professional ATP tennis players such as Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Monaco, and WTA players such as Svetlana Kuznetsova, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tamira Paszek. The system has also enabled our students to obtain athletic and academic scholarships at universities across the United States.
The Sánchez-Casal system combines the four theoretical pillars of athletic development – technical, tactical, physical (Athlete Body), and mental (Athlete Mind) with the sole objective of pushing players to achieve their top performance and help them reach their ideal competitive state.
The Academia Sánchez-Casal Training System® is unique in the world. Designed by Emilio Sánchez Vicario and Sergio Casal, the system is compatible with all types of surfaces (clay, hard, or grass), and for every pattern of play and competition.
High performance tennis players must not only have an extensive spectrum of tools and have all their shots well defined, but they must know how to use them appropriately. Each tennis player must build their own style and must be able to apply their style in all game situations.
We also use video analysis as a tool to find the strengths and weaknesses of each player. Through video analysis we can detect repetitive and questionable forms or styles of play, and we can develop strategies to overcome them. We offer three (3) types of video analysis:
The Sports Science Department and its high performance specialists work together with the Sánchez-Casal Academy tennis coaches in order to improve the physical abilities of players and develop prevention plans that preempt and prevent the most common tennis injuries.
The fitness department ultimately educates athletes by promoting respect for the body and by emphasizing the values only sports can offer, while helping players develop both as athletes and as young adults.
Personalized training programs are created for each player, adapted to their biological and developmental age. The use of new technologies and the most up-to-date training systems permits players to improve their physical state within their individual capabilities. This kind of personalized treatment is seamlessly integrated into the Sánchez-Casal Academy Training System.
Initial tests are conducted to evaluate the physical condition of each player and these tests are repeated periodically, allowing players to adapt their training plan to their own specific needs, as well as to their tournament schedule.
Additionally, the Sports Science Department provides all the complementary services our athletes need in order to reach their maximum performance: nutrition, physiotherapy and medical care.
Sports Nutrition: Nutrition is a key factor in a player’s development because it has a direct influence on the performance and development of a student-athlete. Thanks to the Food Science Department and La Masía Restaurant, all players can develop properly in this important area of competitive athletics.
The academy’s philosophy is to provide customized dietary care for each student-athlete. Therefore, the Food Science Department is informed of each player's training schedule and adjusts the diet to each stage of training, competition, and recovery. The Academy also provides a special nutrition program for annual players under 10 years old, where two of our international school teachers supervise the students during lunch time, helping them develop healthy nutritional habits and promoting appropriate behavior during mealtimes.
Furthermore, at lunchtime, a nutrition specialist from the University of Barcelona continuously supervises what the players eat. Tennis and Fitness primary coaches are also present in the restaurant in order to control the players’ nutritional intake. The Academy has an agreement with an external nutritionist who provides extra nutritional advice to those who request it.
Physiotherapy and Medical Care: The Academia Sánchez-Casal offers all student-athletes comprehensive medical care coverage. The team of doctors works on prevention, rehabilitation, medical evaluation and first aid in order to improve athletic performance and achieve optimal health. The Medical Team is comprised of:
Dr. Ramón Balius, Sports Medicine, Blume (medical consultation once a week at the Academy). Equipo del Dr. Cotorro, Doctor of the Spanish Tennis Federation and Davis Cup. Aleix Borrás, Physiotherapist and professor at the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya (consultations Mon. to Fri. at the Academy). Nacho Quixano, Physiotherapist, osteopath and acupuncturist (consultations Mon. to Fri. at the Academy). Bernat Vazquez , Podologist, Real Club Deportivo Español (consultation once a week at the Academy).
Mental training is one of the fundamental pillars of the ASC tennis players’ training program.
The Academia Sanchez-Casal has developed an on-court and off-court mental coaching system: “ASC Athlete Mind System”. Through this method, the sports psychologist and tennis coaches analyze the needs of each player and develop strategies to help players improve their performance.
This daily work is done both off and on court with the players and their coaches, during daily workout and tournaments.
The main goal of the “ASC Athlete Mind System” is for our players to achieve their best level of play while enjoying the game. The sports psychologist’s primary responsibilities are to:
Each player will have a personalized competition calendar developed for his/her age and ability level. The student’s primary coach, in conjunction with the ASC Tennis Director, will plan a well strategized calendar, that provides optimal benefits. It may include local, regional, national and/or international tournaments, based on the individual needs and circumstances of the particular player.
ASC Travelling Teams, led by its top coaches, provide the best guidance and assistance to the student-athletes as they prepare before, during, and after tournaments. Coaches travel with the student-athletes and accompany them at all times.
Check out the tournaments section to see how many great events are held on the ASC campus throughout the year.