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Effects of Combined HIIT and Stroop on Strength Manifestations, Serve Speed and Accuracy in Recreational Tennis Players

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Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Faculty of Sport Sciences, University European of Madrid, 28670 Villaviciosa de Odón, Spain
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Grupo de Investigación en Cultura, Educación y Sociedad, Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla 080002, Colombia
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Academic Editor: Antonio Hernández-Mendo
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7717; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147717
Received: 25 May 2021 / Revised: 6 July 2021 / Accepted: 7 July 2021 / Published: 10 July 2021
Background: The importance of the serve in tennis players’ performance is well known but no previous studies have analyzed the effects of both physical and cognitive fatigue on the speed and accuracy of the serve. This study analyzed the effect of a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with and without cognitive load on serve speed and accuracy, spirometry, and strength manifestation. Methods: 32 recreational players (25 men and 7 women; aged 21.40 ± 1.52 years) performed a HIIT and a HIIT with a Stroop in recovery phases before performing a series of tennis services. Speed and accuracy of the services, spirometry, and strength manifestations were registered. Results: The main findings of the study showed that strength manifestations and spirometry were not affected by either protocol. A decrease in serve speed was observed in both protocols (p < 0.001) but service accuracy did not show impairments (p = 0.66). Conclusion: A combination of physical and mental fatigue may decrease serve speed but will not affect strength manifestations or spirometry negatively. These results could be caused by a response of the central nervous system to maintain the accuracy of the ball in presence of fatigue. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical fatigue; cognitive fatigue; mental fatigue; tennis service performance physical fatigue; cognitive fatigue; mental fatigue; tennis service performance
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Fuentes-García, J.P.; Díaz-García, J.; López-Gajardo, M.Á.; Clemente-Suarez, V.J. Effects of Combined HIIT and Stroop on Strength Manifestations, Serve Speed and Accuracy in Recreational Tennis Players. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147717

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Fuentes-García JP, Díaz-García J, López-Gajardo MÁ, Clemente-Suarez VJ. Effects of Combined HIIT and Stroop on Strength Manifestations, Serve Speed and Accuracy in Recreational Tennis Players. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):7717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147717

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Fuentes-García, Juan P., Jesús Díaz-García, Miguel Á. López-Gajardo, and Vicente J. Clemente-Suarez 2021. "Effects of Combined HIIT and Stroop on Strength Manifestations, Serve Speed and Accuracy in Recreational Tennis Players" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 7717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147717

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