Causing A Racket - Micaela Hein

Sept. 8, 2009

Hi Sun Devil Fans!

The 'girls of summer' are back in the land of the hot sun! Our official off-season practice schedule of eight hours a week is underway. As Sun Devil tennis players, we pride ourselves on being in shape, and boy have we been working hard at being in the best shape of our lives!

At the start of the week, we visited Todd Ellenbecker. Ellenbecker is a Chairman of the United States Tennis Association Sport Science Committee and a physical therapist. He has done extensive research on upper extremity athletes, with the emphasis on the musculoskeletal adaptations in elite tennis players. Ellenbecker helps us determine our physical strengths and weaknesses.

The week continued at a rapid pace with most of our girls on the court for two hours of individual hitting practice with the coaches. Wednesday, everyone hit the gym with our brand new strength and conditioning coach Michael, plus a special workout created by our assistant coach Clint Letcher. (A workout that involved many pushups :-) ) On Thursday, the team hit the track for a mile run, where we saw our track star, Sianna Simmons, race to the finish line with a time of six minutes and two seconds!

Micaela Hein

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