Injuries, Wear and Tear – Who Next ; Lessons to learn for Tennis’ elite

With the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year days away, a number of players, have all retired from warm-up events in Australia in the past few weeks with a number joining the Australian Open casualty ward, withdrawing from the event before it has even started.

This has sparked the debate once more that players are putting their bodies on the line repeatedly without adequate rest and rehabilitation. The combination of an ever dwindling off season, general overtraining and the increasing exposure to the unforgiving concrete courts, that dominate the circuit in the modern era, are the main causes of players breaking down.
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‘Musical Chairs’: The Complexity & Dynamics of Player and Coach on Tour

Aadrian_rattenburys the Tennis season draws to a close, tennis players on the Tour are not only looking forward to a short but well-earned rest before the preseason preparation for another year long grinding schedule but also who do they want as their coach – ‘The Hiring and Firing’ season. Already this year coaching changes by players have been numerous, some unexpected or without apparent logic. Some players have reached for the ‘default’ button and resorted to their mother, father or brother or simply engaged a ‘hitter or sparring partner’ to travel with them.
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Tennis’s Injury Epidemic; Lessons to learn for Tennis’ elite

There is another addition to the injury epidemic that has blown up in tennis over the past couple of months, and this time it affects the man of the moment: reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who has withdrawn from this week’s Cincinnati Masters because of back trouble, which may also throw into doubt his participation at the US Open.

This has sparked the debate once more that players are putting their bodies on the line repeatedly without adequate rest and rehabilitation. The combination of an ever dwindling off season, general overtraining and the increasing exposure to the unforgiving concrete courts, that dominate the circuit in the modern era, are the main causes of players breaking down.
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‘Image is Everything’…………….But HMRC may think otherwise

Andre Agassi was once quoted as saying ‘Image is Everything’; even a brand pioneer such as Agassi could not have predicted the business deals that sports stars have struck over recent years. However, particularly in the UK, it has led to greater scrutinisation by the government and Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

However, despite the concerns of misuse regarding the interpretation and justifiability of image rights, it is perhaps worthwhile considering as a benchmark, some of those who can claim to have valid rights to their image.
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Game, Set and Batch of Injuries; Lessons to learn for Tennis’ elite

This has sparked the debate once more that players are putting their bodies on the line repeatedly without adequate rest and rehabilitation. The combination of an ever dwindling off season, general overtraining and the increasing exposure to the unforgiving concrete courts, that dominate the circuit in the modern era, are the main causes of players breaking down.
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The Gift of Presence

Deborah Ogden As I write, Christmas is still a few weeks away yet already the stores are twinkling with their festive displays and the adverts on the television are attempting to brainwash us, and our children, that we truly cannot live without the latest robotic chimp or Nexo Knights Lego set.

As a nation, we spend a small fortune on the perfect present that will be opened in seconds and often discarded before the festive feeling has faded. Last year an advert from a well-known Swedish furniture store went viral. It featured an experiment where children were asked to write and tell their parents what they really wanted from them for Christmas. The list included ‘spend more time with me’, ‘listen a bit more’ and my personal favourite; ‘tickle me more’. The gift of our attention is one of the most powerful things we can share.
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You’re Fired! : The Reality of Player and Coach Pressures on Tour

Tennis Coach Adam Lownsbrough As the Tennis season draws to a close, tennis players on the Tour are not only looking forward to a short but well-earned rest before the preseason preparation for another year long grinding schedule but also who do they want as their coach – ‘The Hiring and Firing’ season.

Already this year coaching changes by players have been numerous, some unexpected or without apparent logic. Some players have reached for the ‘default’ button and resorted to their mother, father or brother or simply engaged a ‘hitter or sparring partner’ to travel with them.
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What can business learn from the Olympics?

Plan for success, work for success, achieve success.

In a two part series, Choix Consultant Adrian Rattenbury looks at what being a ‘Corporate Athlete’ can learn from the Olympics, what Business can learn from the Olympics and to be successful in business – play sport!

The Olympics once again demonstrated the ability of athletes to be able to peak at the right time to achieve the ultimate success – Olympic Gold, yet it is not only those who walked away with gold medals that walk away as being ultimately successful there were many athletes who produced PB’s (personal bests) which confirmed that they too managed to peak their personal performance at the right time.
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Why has the Rio Olympics struck a chord…?

My Choix colleagues would be the first to agree with me that I’m not the sporty type!

Helen Straw It’s a little known fact that when I was younger I was a gymnast and competed at regional level (and came away with a silver medal – once!) I like swimming and am quite good at it, but I don’t do it regularly. So, why have I got so caught up in the Rio Olympics?
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