Kintetic Chain Linking in Tennis
Tennis is a great illustration of the concept of kinetic linking and the kinetic chain. Kinetic linking is the coordinated activation of the segments of the body to produce the most efficient movement pattern. Sports that involve striking an object, require coordinated joint rotations occurring in a specific sequence, where power is generated from the core musculature and is transferred quickly to the appendages (Spaniol, 2012) In the case of a tennis groundstroke power is generated from push off and rotation from the foot and ankle complex, and hips is transferred through trunk, to the arm, to the racquet (Papageorgiou, 2016). Optimal timing of a leg drive, trunk rotation, upper arm elevation, forearm extension, arm internal rotation, forearm pronation, and wrist flexion will allow a tennis player to generate powerful groundstrokes.