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Why Play Tennis?

Play tennis and acquire the physical, mental and emotional benefits throughout the course of your life as a youth, teen, adult, senior or managing a physical impairment.
According to world renowned scientists, there is no doubt that tennis is one of the best sports for you to play for the following reasons;

Physical Benefits:

  • Playing tennis 3 hours a week cuts your risk of death in half according to Ralph Paffenbarger who conducted studies with well over 10,000 people and followed them over the course of 20 years.
  • Scientists at the University of Illinois suggest a link between playing tennis and continued brain development through the regeneration of connections between nerves in the brain which is the net result of a state of alertness and tactical thinking through strategic play.
  • Tennis helps with your speed and overall body strength.
  • Increased agility, balance and speed.
  • Increased bone strength and bone density; disease prevention.
  • Enhanced hand-eye coordination & greater flexibility.
  • Promotes good eating habits, pre game to enhance energy and post game for recovery
  • Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, cycling and skating.

Mental Benefits:

  • Anxiety and associated disorders represent the most common form of classified mental illness ahead of depression and mood disorders. The National Institute of mental health reports that 1 in 6 people suffer from an anxiety disorder.
  • Anxiety is measured scientifically at the molecular level and the physiological level, as a result of body and mind, instinct and reason, nature and nurture disconnections.
  • Tennis is an outlet which releases the anxiety and enhances your mental condition.
  • It captivates and occupies the mind when fully engaged through learning a new skill or playing a match.
  • As an equalizing force, tennis balances your moods, decreases the risks of depression, anger , confusion , anxiety and tension. Tennis allows the player to channel their thoughts and focus. An outlet to rid the body and purge the stress, anxiety and tension.
  • To accept responsibility and learn coping skills on how best to recover mentally when facing challenging matches.
  • Develop work ethic through drills and lessons and seeing the value of hard work.
  • Optimal shot selection, requires much like in our life exercising the ability to make the right decisions at the right moment.

Emotional Benefits:

  • Choosing a healthy and active lifestyle playing the game of tennis has psychological benefits such as reducing depression and improving self-esteem.
  • While exercising chemicals known as endorphins are produced in the brain and released into the body. Endorphins can give a euphoric and invigorating feeling and overall well being pleasant natural state of “high”, similar to that of morphine without the dependency or addiction. Endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce the perception of pain.
  • Tennis helps us manage adversity while facing unforced errors it develops discipline and court ethics. Manage your mistakes by learning to play within your abilities and recognize that minimizing your mistakes in tennis or life is critical.
  • Tennis requires excellent coping skills learning to adjust to the elements such as wind, sun and still be able to compete with tenacity.
  • Learning to recover by adapting to the stress of a point and the recovery period between points is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life.
  • Planning and implementing strategic play; learning how to anticipate and opponents next moves and plan your counter-moves.
  • Tennis develops your sense of observation and problem solving skills
  • Discipline by working on your skills in practice and control the pace when in play or competition. Consistency is number 1 skill to strive for as an elite player.

 

 

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