Corrective Exercise Specialist Abroad for Tennis: To China and Back!

Glad to be back stateside after an amazing trip. I was in Nanjing China working with the Chinese Tennis Association (the CTA is China’s version of the USTA) during the Nanjing National Clinic. The CTA brought in 30 of their top junior coaches from different provinces throughout the country for two days of advanced coaching and then some of their top junior players. USTA High Performance Coach and director of the New England Academy of Tennis, Jeff Bearup, and Josh Rilla, an international tennis pro ran the tennis side of things and I ran the athletic performance enhancement piece.

I delivered a two hour presentation to the coaches to open the clinic. The group was receptive to the concepts of the kinetic chain and the fascial system. Josh has spent about 6 months traveling China working with the coaches earlier in the year, so the idea of the kinetic chain was not a new one. Working with my translator, Hu Yao, I was able to communicate about fascia and the importance of myofascial release. I also spoke about the importance of warming up and cooling down before and after every bout of tennis and exercise.

To get the coaches moving and bring some life to the presentation I had a volunteer, coach Ren, come up and demonstrated an overhead squat assessment.

The Over Head Squat Assessment has an international application

The Over Head Squat Assessment has an international application


Then I showed them this classic thoracic spine mobilization.
I think they enjoyed mobilizing their thoracic spine!

I think they enjoyed mobilizing their thoracic spine!


The major themes were injury prevention, longevity of career and then optimal athletic performance. We had ordered rollers, ladders and exercise bands to use and dove into self myofascial release towards the end of the first presentation. Foam rolling tears down any wall of language!

We had plenty of fun rolling.

using my Rollaxer as I demonstrate Self Myofascial Release

using my Rollaxer as I demonstrate Self Myofascial Release


In the afternoon, the coaches came back fro 90 minutes of hands on movement prep and agility work. I worked them over pretty good:)

Madame Sun, president of the CTA and Chinese tennis legend even stopped by the workout and participated! This was a blast she got into it and the coaches seemed inspired to have a player of her status leading the way.

Here are th caoaches and I after the first lecture.

Here are th caoaches and I after the first lecture.


The hope was for the coaches to incorporate these techniques in the daily routine for themselves and their players. Next post I will talk more about some of the sight seeing I was lucky enough to do and the work I got to do with the kids!

Thanks for reading!

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist
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