A just-released study suggest that regularly playing racquet sports such as tennis can help stave off death, while sports such as soccer and running may not help people live longer. The study of more than 80,000 people by Oxford University and researchers in Finland and Australia indicated people who played racquet sports regularly were least likely to die over the nine-year study period, reducing their individual risk by 47 percent compared to people who did not exercise.
Throughout the summer and fall, the TIA hosted a free series of educational webinars for the industry on a variety of important business topics. Nearly 2,000 people signed up for a webinar in the series, and recordings of the webinars are available online at TennisIndustry.org/webinars.
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Tennis Owners & Managers (T.O.M.) Conference, presented by the TIA, which will be March 27-29 at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., with a site visit to the USTA National Campus. Register at TheTOMConference.com.
Since taking on the role of Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry, Dr. Jack Groppel has been busy spreading the message of health, fitness, wellness and tennis at meetings and conferences across the country.
Cardio Tennis Global Education Director Michele Krause traveled to Singapore in late October to deliver a Cardio Tennis Training Course at the Tanglin Academy. The Level 1 Training Course, which was hosted by PTR Southeast Asia, drew 19 tennis coaches from Singapore and Malaysia.
Wearable technology will again be the top fitness trend in the coming year, according to an annual fitness trend forecast by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which surveys exercise professionals. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017” published Oct. 26 in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.
U.S. children are in terrible shape. According to a recent report, U.S. children rank 47th in the world in overall physical fitness, based on a series of 20-meter shuttle runs (aka, The Beep Test) conducted with more than 1.1 million children from 50 countries. Yes, U.S. kids barely crack the top 50 in global fitness.
POP Tennis, which is played on 60-foot tennis courts with lower pressure Green-Dot balls and shorter POP tennis (paddle) racquets, continues to gain followers in the U.S. A webinar, "Pop Tennis Coming to Your Club & Community," will be presented by the TIA on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature Ken Lindner, president of the U.S. POP Tennis Assocation; TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; Virgil Christian of the USTA; and Lee Sponaugle, national sales manager for Sport Court. To register for the webinar, click here.
The USTA Southern Section has released the 28-page online publication “Making Tennis Matter: A USTA Southern Facility Toolkit,” aimed at supporting Community Tennis Associations, facility owners, municipal leaders and grassroots advocates as they work to build more tennis courts in local communities.
Dr. Jack Groppel, an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, will become the Health & Wellness Advisor for the Tennis Industry. As the representative and spokesperson for the Tennis Industry Association Board of Directors, Dr. Groppel will work with industry partners, including the USTA, SFIA, IHRSA and others, on strategies to best convey the health and fitness messaging of tennis.