15 Nov 2020 - TTVIB

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How to quickly improve the explosive force in Table Tennis

Normally great attention is paid, in the technical preparation of the tennis player, on how to increase strength, and the explosive one in particular. In an acyclical and "situational" sport like table tennis, performed with high intensity technique and technologically advanced materials, the pace of play is frenetic.

Everything takes place in a few seconds, often it is decided in the time of milliseconds, and therefore the speed of execution of the shot becomes decisive. Speed is a direct consequence of explosive strength and therefore many training programs, be they athletic preparation or table training, aim to enhance this ability. But, even a professional, to reach higher and higher levels of explosive strength, and therefore of speed, must necessarily train for medium-long times.

Muscle tone
In this classic approach to training methods, the role of muscle tone is often not taken into account, which, neurophysiologically, is closely linked to the concept of strength. There is a relationship of interdependence between muscle tone and strength and that must be taken into account to adequately develop muscular strength, and especially explosive strength.

Hypertonia, although a dysfunctional type, such as that frequently present at rest and under stress in various high-level players with a long career behind them, negatively affects the maximal emergence of muscle strength as, in these cases, tone and strength are inversely proportional. So as the tone increases, a phenomenon that is referred to by the tennis player as muscle stiffness, we see a decrease in maximum strength with consequential reduction in speed.

While in cases in which there is a hypotonia, that is a reduction in tone, due for example to poorly activated muscles, the relationship between tone and strength is directly proportional. Here too, therefore, the maximum strength is lower as well as the speed. The methodological problem is not easy to solve from an application point of view, as if training strength is relatively easy, training the Tone with the standard Physical Preparation programs is somewhat difficult.

To significantly stimulate muscle tone, it must be done indirectly, only through muscle strength training. This is theoretically achievable but practically impossible. It would be necessary to undergo intense and progressive workloads, on a daily basis and over a long period of time.

Tone training
This would entail a significant exposure to the risk of injury and an honestly unbearable psycho-physical application of the athlete. In recent decades, scientists have identified technical procedures and technologies capable of directly stimulating muscle tone, thus avoiding subjecting to substantial overloads and averting the risk of possible injuries.

The procedure, then, acting through the nerves and not the muscles, has a rapid effect. In fact, only 3 days of stimulation on certain muscles are enough to obtain optimal results and, moreover, some tonic changes are perceived already after the first stimulation. But how is all this possible?

It is possible as it acts directly on the neuromuscular spindle, a nerve unit located within all the striated muscles (those we command with our will), the seat of peripheral management of muscle tone. Once the spindle is activated, it "transports" the information, inherent to the current tone regulation parameters of a particular muscle, to the spinal cord and from there the signal reaches the corresponding sensorimotor cortical area directly.

In real time this input is processed and a new tone optimization output is processed which, through the descending nerve pathways, reaches the muscle.

Greater explosive force
Having an optimal muscle tone allows to restore the altered inversely or directly proportional relationship between tone and strength, to the benefit of a higher explosive strength capacity. More specifically, in the case of functional hypertonia that generates muscle stiffness or jerks by muscle contraction (simultaneous activation of several muscles), by reducing the tone the strength is elevated, while in the case of hypotonia by elevating the tone also the strength emerges.

It is therefore a significant strengthening of the nerve networks that are the basis of the sensory-motor action and therefore, in our case, of the technical gesture. Therefore, the Strength is no longer improved through pure muscular activity but through the strengthening of the nervous command that generates it. Muscle hypertrophy, generically defined as Muscle mass, does not occur, but the activation modalities change.

In the sense that the Force emerges first and has a higher peak and therefore, as such, there is a qualitative and quantitative increase in the explosive Force. The first and most important positive fallout of this increase in Explosive Strength is that you have a greater speed of execution. This time the player clearly perceives the sensation of a faster arm.

"It is as if the arm starts by itself" he immediately reports, as soon as he tries, for example, the dry movement of the top spin. And this for him, a professional tennis player, represents an absolutely new sensation, despite the athletic training sustained in many years of career to improve Speed.

In fact, the greater speed of the technical gesture has always been a skill that can be read from the outside but never perceived from the inside. Now, however, the player clearly feels that his body is moving faster and this makes him more aware of the technical potential he can express at the table.

TTVib - Tennis Table Vibration is a new instrumentation that emits a low intensity focal mechanical vibration. With this device it is possible to stimulate the neuromuscular spindle of each single muscle, at the right frequencies and at an adequate intensity.

Equipped with 3 motors, TTVib allows you to simultaneously stimulate different muscles, organized in kinetic chains, appointed to perform a certain stroke. It has no side effects, it is not invasive, it is not painful and rather relaxing and pleasant. The stimulation, from a minimum duration of 20 minutes up to a maximum of 60 minutes per day, is performed on 3 consecutive days in which the player HAS to train as usual.

Vibrational programs at specific frequencies and a specialized protocol for the modern table tennis technique guarantee immediate effects in terms of fluidity of the gesture, neuromotor coordination, explosive strength and speed of the stroke. The TTVib stimulation integrates with the standard athletic preparation, weightlifting and table training programs and does NOT replace any part of them.

In general, TTVib favors in table tennis the reduction of reaction Times, a finer decision-making Process and greater Accuracy of hits.

More specifically and, by way of example only, it is possible to obtain the following benefits:

More power in the Top and Counter-Top • Faster footwork speed
• Higher speed in early in the anticipated Top and Counter-Top
• Higher regularity in the Top and Counter-Top
• Higher accuracy in the Top and Counter-Top
• Finer control in the active Block
• Greater muscular endurance in long exchanges
• Greater feeling in all wrist strokes
• Reductions in muscle stiffness
• Greater confidence and game awareness

It can be used in the Pre, during and Post training or competition phase with various objectives such as muscle Relaxation, muscle Regeneration, muscle Toning, Enhancement of the technical gesture, increase in Endurance, Executive Regularity, Accuracy of the stroke and speed up of the Recovery of fatigue.
Rino Monetta
+39 3394244068
Daniele Spadola
+39 3713029170
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