RMTA Sports Science

For the past seven years RMTA has been widely considered the leader in Tennis Biomechanics and technology. During that time thousands of coaches and players have been trained under the Macci Methodology utilizing the stroke technique of the Biomechanically Engineered Stroke Technique (B.E.S.T.) System. In 2017 the sport science emphasis of RMTA will become considerably stronger with a direct affiliation with a research center dedicated to advancing the knowledge of the science behind high performance tennis – The Tennis Center for Performance Research (T.C.P.R.). Dr. Brian Gordon (Ph.D. Biomechanics, Indiana University) is the director of both the RMTA Sport Science Program and the T.C.P.R.

 The B.E.S.T. System

bestsystemThe B.E.S.T. System is the only fully defined and empirically based stroke technique methodology in tennis. It is based on the basic (academic) and applied (tennis) research activities of Dr. Gordon occurring over the past two decades. The methodology defines the primary tennis strokes from the perspective of the neuromuscular-skeletal system based on 3D analysis of hundreds of high performance players. The key findings were then filtered down to a set of basic instructional and drilling protocols that are incorporated into the Macci methodology. These are universally taught to all developing players training at, or visiting, RMTA.

The Tennis Center for Performance Research

The B.E.S.T. System is just the beginning. The T.C.P.R. has been established to take our understanding of sport science and it’s application to player development to a whole new level. Equipped with both state-of- art 3D ball tracking and 3D motion analysis technologies, T.C.P.R. is the most advanced research facility in tennis. This will allow continued evolution of the B.E.S.T System core strokes (forehand, backhand and serve) along with expansion to net mechanics and specialty strokes. Further, the next level of technique performance will be defined. Specifically, the critical core body and racquet motion attributes that determine precise shot outputs (speed, spin, trajectory and direction) required at the highest level – and how should they be taught to developing players.

The T.C.P.R. will also possess the ability to test and assess the efficacy of advances in the other sport sciences to player development. The areas of interest include injury mechanisms, movement mechanics, motor control and development, sensory (visual) integration and reaction, and tennis fitness. Player pedagogy (learning) and management systems will also be a focus with emphasis on web-based applications to enhance development speed. As important new technologies and techniques are verified, they will be added into the Macci methodology as appropriate. The bottom line is that no stone will be left unturned to deliver the latest information in medicine and science to player development at RMTA.

Integration of RMTA and T.C.P.R.

The fact that Dr. Gordon directs both the RMTA Sport Science Program and T.C.P.R. ensures seamless integration between tennis science and the tennis program at RMTA. RMTA coaches will receive cutting edge knowledge in tennis science in real-time through regular information seminars. The stroke mechanics package, and consistent teaching of it by staff, sets RMTA apart from any other training program. Academy and visiting players have come to expect this consistent messaging. The content and uniformity of the mechanics instruction at RMTA will only improve in the future.

Players training at the academy will receive a huge benefit from the RMTA Sport Science Program. Aside from receiving only the most current information from coaches on a daily basis, weekly seminars for players by Dr. Gordon will address the intricacies of the B.E.S.T. System mechanics along with a broad range of sport science information relevant to their development as players. RMTA players will be the first in the world to have access to the research findings, and the related proprietary teaching tools, developed at T.C.P.R. and will have opportunities to participate in the research first hand.

Questions, comments or suggestions about the RMTA Sport Science Program should be directed to Dr. Gordon at bgordon@3d-tennis.com.

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