Comparing Upperclassmen and Underclassmen Male Collegiate Tennis Players
Proceedings of the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference
Background: Various performance metrics, particularly full body power and high aerobic capacity, have demonstrated to influence in game performance for male tennis players.
Purpose: To determine differences in performance measures between upperclassmen (UP) and underclassmen (UN) male tennis players.
Methods: Nine male Division I collegiate tennis players (UN: 5, UP: 4) participated in the study. During pre-season testing, VO2max, body composition, vertical jump, and both dominant and non-dominant hand grip strength were determined. For both the hand-grip strength and vertical jump test the highest value from a two test sequence was recorded. A oneway ANOVA was run comparing these variables between UN and UP.
Results: The ANOVA revealed no statistical difference between UN and UP in any of the test variables. However, dominant hand grip strength did approach statistical significance (F(1,7)=5.447, p = 0.052) with the UP (25.5 ± 2.7 kg) being greater than UN (21.4 ± 2.3 kg). In addition, the UP averaged better performance measures compared to the UN, though not statistically significant.
Conclusion: UP tennis players may demonstrate improved performance over UN, though the differences are variable within tests.
Loewen, Brandon, Peter Chrysosferidis, Emily Lynn Langford, Ronald L. Snarr, Michelle L. Eisenman, Gregory A. Ryan.
"Comparing Upperclassmen and Underclassmen Male Collegiate Tennis Players."
Proceedings of the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference Chattanooga, TN: American College of Sports Medicine.