The purpose of this study was to compare the acute effect of a grip-constraint tool on upper body and racket kinematics during tennis single-handed forehand strokes. Upper-body and racket kinematics for two grip conditions, Preferred (self-selected) and Grip-constraint tool (fixed semi-western forehand grip) were captured for eleven tennis players using a 22-camera Vicon motion capture system (240 Hz). Using a grip-constraint tool resulted in a more closed racket face tilt (~4°) at ball impact while having variations in joint rotations across the shoulder, elbow and wrist. This possibly demonstrates the participant’s ability to self-organise compensatory angular rotations across the upper limb to achieve similar impact orientations. Collectively, these data demonstrate the acute responses to modifying grip technique using a grip-constraint tool during single-handed down-the-line forehands.
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Busuttil, Nicholas; Roberts, Alexandra Dr; Dunn, Marcus Dr; and Middleton, Kane Dr
"THE ACUTE EFFECTS OF A GRIP-CONSTRAINT TOOL ON UPPER BODY AND RACKET KINEMATICS DURING TENNIS FOREHANDS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 41:
1, Article 16.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol41/iss1/16