Lateral differences in maximal grip strength in Czech male tennis players aged 11–12 in the context of injury prevention



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studia Sportiva
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Keywords bilateral asymmetry; laterality; tennis; dynamometer; training
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Description The term laterality indicates the one-sided preference or functional advantage of the stronger, more accurate and coordinated limbs or organs and the brain hemisphere of a human body. In the prefe-rence process, more accurate, precise, coordinated and stronger side is chosen from the perspective of motoric functions. Among the general population is about 10–13% of left-handers and in certain sport fields this percentage may be higher (baseball, tennis, box etc.). The left-handed dominance in tennis is considered an advantage. Due to unilateral load, there may be an excessive side-effect in strength differences in tennis and overloading of specific muscle group could lead to an injury. The aim of the research was to identify the levels of somatic and strength characteristics and assess the lateral diffe-rence in maximal grip strength of Czech elite male tennis players. The sample consisted of male tennis players, ranging in age from 11 to 12.9 years (n = 186) who participated in the regular tests for Czech Tennis Association in years 2000–2018.
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