By Stefan Ortega, Academy Director at ASC Barcelona, and Marcel·lí Massafred, Sports Science Director at ASC Barcelona
At Academia Sánchez-Casal Barcelona, we want to return to training as soon as possible, and also as safely as possible. For this reason, we have designed a specific plan that will facilitate the recovery of the physical and mental conditions of our annual, semester and monthly program players. After the period of confinement and inevitable disruption to the usual training sessions this has caused, we understand that each player will have unique and individual needs:
- Players are emerging either from a period of motor, conditional and socio-affective inactivity, or from a period of less activity than usual. This will be similar to returning to training after an illness, but we cannot treat it in the same way as a period of inactivity due to injury.
- We will be working with healthy players, who are possibly weaker than usual, both physically and psychologically.
The main objective of the return to activity is:
- Prepare our players in the motor, conditional and socio-affective aspects of their return to sporting activity.
- Re-adapt our tennis players to the effort required to train and compete. Prepare them so they can bear the load of training and competition.
- Facilitate the adaptation to greater effort, ensuring that players are not overloaded, in order to minimize the risk of injury.
To achieve these objectives, the entire training plan will be designed collaboratively by the tennis coaches and the physical trainers, with planning in 3 stages:
- Re-adaptation to effort
- Structured training
RECOVERY OF PHYSICAL CONDITION
How will the physical preparation of athletes be structured?
- General work from the base: Physical-motor activity will be developed in order to rebuild the base on which we will later support specific tennis work.
- Activities will be individual for each athlete as much as possible, in order to respect the needs of each person. We will take into account the work they have been able to complete during confinement, following the recommendations of their coach. We will also use feedback obtained through the follow-up tutorials each tutor has done with his/her students during confinement.
- Specific work: physical-motor activity will be used to bring conditional capacities closer to the specific work of tennis.
- Control the training load: both in volume (time, repetitions, etc. of each activity using daily totals) and in the intensity of each exercise, thereby controlling the total load of the training.
- Activity will be Continuously increased each day, moving from less to more, and respecting individual adaptations. The stimulus density and the monotony of each job will be controlled, as will the global training goals.
RETURN TO COURT
The return to the court and tennis training will also be controlled:
- A progressive and gradual tennis program will be implemented according to the length of inactivity of each player, their age and level.
- The training will be as personalized as possible.
- Less training time and intensity will be practiced at first, and these will gradually increase over the days, always maintaining control of the loads.
- Special attention will be given to the technical aspects of tennis, which may have been weakened by a lack of training or limited conditions: static controls and reviews of the basic exercises of the ASC 360 Tennis System will revive already learned habits.
As a result, the objective is to work in a coordinated and personalized way so that our players, as they re-join the Academy training, recover their fitness and tennis level and progress as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Stefan Ortega, Academy Director at ASC Barcelona, and Marcel·lí Massafred, Sports Science Director at ASC Barcelona