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05.11.2016

The brain capacity of tennis players affect their game

The world´s best tennis players lose the best capacity of their brain because of stress and brain malnutrition.

Age is not yet an issue when they are 30-35 years old, and their speed, endurance and strength are unchanged, but still the brain begins to make more and more mistakes in timing, controlling trajectories and making tactical reactions.

One of the players who were at the top for only a short time was Rafael Nadal, whose coaching team apparently had no idea how the brain of the master should be restored, rested and nourished.

As a clever man, Roger Federer has obviously done many things better because he kept the number one place for such a long time, and even after losing it stayed close for years.

Until he was injured last winter he was able fo hold his own against any player at the beginning of matches, but when he got further in the match or tournament the neglected brain capacity started to show and even his game got weaker.

A typical phenomenon because of this is the deterioration of backhand that is difficult to the brain – both Federer and us amateurs have experienced that, when the brain starts to lose its sharpest edge.

The global coaching management is unfortunately poorly aware of this physiologically very obvious phenomenon, the effect of which could be diluted and delayed with right actions.