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Sports Analysis (Tennis)

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Sports Analysis Assignment 2 To ensure the completion of this task, I am going to be analysing a professional athlete on how well they perform in the various skills and components of a tennis player. Once I have the results for the tests I am going to analyse the results and performance to gain a further indication on what needs and improving and also how. To achieve the best possible results for maximum benefits out of the assignment, I am going to be analysing myself and comparing them to Andy Murray who is the player I have mostly modelled myself on. Also I am going to try to improve my results over time to hopefully improve my overall standard of play. Player Profiles The different aspects of performance I am going to be testing, analysing and feeding back on are stamina as a physiological aspect that is important for a tennis player. For a biomechanical aspect of a tennis player I am going to be analysing serving technique and the acceleration of the racket during the serve. I am also going to be using decision making as a psychological and tactical aspect that a tennis player needs to perform well. I am going to test and analyse the different aspects in a lots of different ways depending on what I believe to be the most accurate method with the facilities available. To test stamina the best test to use would be a treadmill test with a Douglas bag to assess the concentration of the expired air. However this equipment is expensive and not easily available, so instead I am going to be using a multistage fitness test, more commonly known as the bleep test. I am going to conduct it 5 times to make sure that the results are consistent and reliable and make sure there are no outliers, when this is done I am going to calculate the average score and also the range of the scores. ...read more.

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I have also taken an online questionnaire to analyse my stress and anxiety levels to see if that is an area that I need to improve to again take my performance to another level. The website that I got the test from is http://www.psychologistworld.com/stress/stresstest.php The result that I got was 47 this is in the worst band of results. The band gives anything higher than 20 as extremely severe for anxiety and anything higher than 34 as extremely severe for stress. Going by the results I am really disappointed and aim to improve my results as much as possible in order to improve my game. I want to be in the normal band of results which is between 0 and 7 for anxiety and up to 14 for stress. However my realistic target for the next time I take the test in a few months is to be in the moderate band of results which is between 10 and 14 on anxiety and 19-25 for stress. I feel that when I get my stress and anxiety levels into this band of results I will feel a great improvement in my psychological game and therefore manage to maintain my stress and anxiety levels at the same band for longer as well because of the improved temperament. To analyse another important element of my psyche in tennis I took an aggression test at the following website http://www.centralquestion.com/aggression/test.html The scores are split up into 4 separate categories, physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger and hostility, I will mainly be focusing on physical aggression and anger as those are both more directly influential on my tennis game but I will take into account my scores on the others as well and aim to improve them to a satisfactory level. The physical aggression scale ranges from 9 up to 45 and the average for men is 24.3 which is what my aim for my next test is. ...read more.

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Also I changed my put up so that I was contacting the ball at the highest point rather than when it was still rising. As well as giving this better momentum because of the height it also makes it a lot more consistent. Lastly I adapted my technique into using movement from my whole body to generate more force. Conclusion In conclusion after analysing my game I have noticed big areas of potential improvement and already started to work on these and can definitely notice an improvement. I have began to work on increasing my stamina but have mainly been focusing on my decision making and my serving technique. After I have been working on my decision making for just a month I have noticed changes and have retaken all of the tests I originally analysed it with. In the concentration test my aim after the original taking was to reach 80 out of 100 and when I retook it after a month I was very close to this target and scored 79/100. I am very happy with the improvement I have shown so far with my concentration and am noticing the improvements on my tennis as well. In the anxiety and stress test I also showed some improvement getting my result down to 31 which puts the stress in to the severe band which is an improvement but not as much as I would like. However even with this small improvement I am noticing an improvement in my temperament during matches. The aggression test is the one I am most happy with, I managed to get my results down to 24 which is just below the average male result which was my target. I am extremely pleased with this and am noticing an improvement in my game because of the reduced aggression. My serve with the new revamped technique has definitely showed improvement as well and I hope to improve even more as I adapt more to the new technique. ?? ?? ?? ?? Will Hawkins Sports Analysis ...read more.

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