Serve routine preparation: Benefits of a combination of imagery, ball bounce and breathing on performance
Keywords:service, routine, mental imagery, tennis
The objective of this study was to test the benefit of consistent training in developing and using individualized service preparation routines composed in particular of motor imagery, ball bounce and breathing in order to provide practical recommendations to coaches. The results show an improvement in the percentage of first serve and effectiveness in experienced players.
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