Prestretching the Forearm on the Forehand
The Ariel Performance Analysis System (APAS) captures actual match play by stationing three cameras on
the court. In the lab, a researcher then digitizes each body joint, on
each frame, which results in a skeletal figure. Any body segment, and the
racquet, can then be calculated for speed, acceleration, degrees of movement,
racquethead placement at ball impact and many more kinematics. The digitized joint centers were: feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, head, six points on the racquet, and the ball.
In the skeletal view of Andre's unique forehand, you will see how he
pre-stretches his forearm muscles in the middle of his stroke to allow him
to gain great racquethead speed with a very short swing. Watch carefully; in
the middle of his swing how his forearm goes forward while his racquet moves
back. This movement is used to stretch the forearm muscles and turns them
into a rubber ban mode.
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