Madison Keys is a professional tennis player who has consistently ranked in the top 25 by the WTA since 2015. She trains hard and knows that recovery is a crucial part of her routine. Without the proper recovery, players can quickly become fatigued and develop injuries from overuse. To stay ahead of the game, Madison uses Marc Pro to get in the recovery work her body needs.
Just a wild Friday night of recovery over here
PSA: there’s no injury – I play tennis. I’m constantly doing recovery work
In her video, Madison can be seen using Marc Pro on her shoulder to speed up recovery. The shoulder pad placement is one of the most common areas for tennis players to target with Marc Pro. With tennis being such a demanding activity for your shoulders, regardless of what level you play at, recreational and elite players can both benefit from improving their recovery.
While the elite and recreational player have very similar recovery needs, there is one slight difference in how to effectively address each type of player. Elite players typically need more recovery on their inner elbow. Recreational players require more recovery on the outside of their elbow. These differences arise from the technique and training volume of the tennis player. The pad placements below from Dr. Mark Kovacs, suggest how to best use Marc Pro for full arm recovery – including the shoulder and elbow.
Elite Tennis Player Recovery Flush
This Marc Pro pad placement targets the shoulder, medial elbow, forearm, and wrist to give elite tennis players whole arm recovery. Turn up the intensity to a level that is comfortable to you and relax for at least 30 minutes. Keep in mind that if you are an elite player that trains hard and long, you will find even greater benefit from using Marc Pro for longer durations of time. Marc Pro’s non-fatiguing contractions allow you to use it for as long as you need to ensure a full and quick recovery.
Recreational Tennis Player Recovery Flush
This Marc Pro pad placement targets the shoulder, lateral elbow, forearm, and wrist to give recreational tennis players whole arm recovery. Tennis places a lot of stress on the body and on top of other daily activities it can be a lot to handle. By using Marc Pro for 30 minutes, you can feel better, prevent overuse injuries, and keep your body healthy.
Low Back Recovery
Arms are a great place to start with Marc Pro, but other areas are also useful to target. The low back is one of the most injured areas in tennis players and the area where people experience the most pain. The twisting motion, poor technique, and lack of flexibility can all contribute to low back issues. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep your back healthy.
Tennis is a sport for a lifetime, but what are you doing to make sure your body stays healthy? Marc Pro allows tennis players to take recovery into their own hands. It doesn’t require any expertise, and it can help you play better, play better for longer, and reduce injuries. Learn more about why Marc Pro is important for tennis players of all levels.
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If you’re a tennis player, you have probably dealt with calf issues. The constant change of direction tennis players endure puts a lot of stress on this area. In a typical tennis match, players change direction anywhere between 300-500 times (during training sessions this number can be even higher), so it’s important to make sure the calf area is fully recovered to get rid of sore muscles, maintain good biomechanics, and prevent overuse injuries.
Keeping the calf muscles well-conditioned is also a good idea as it will allow you to play more and perform better. In this video, Dr. Mark Kovacs (PhD, FACSM, CTPS, MTPS, CSCS*D, USPTA, PTR) discusses using the Marc Pro calf placement for tennis players. Mark uses the device on his athletes to speed muscle recovery, condition muscles, perform better, prevent injuries, and ultimately do more.
“The calf takes a lot of beating in tennis athletes and we want to do everything possible to help and quicken that (recovery) process”
After a long training session or match, calves often become tight or sore, but even a lack of soreness doesn’t mean your body is fully recovered. The calf pad placement, as demonstrated by Dr. Mark Kovacs using the Marc Pro Plus, is perfect for speeding the recovery process and proactively conditioning muscles so tennis players are able to perform at a higher level.
Before placing the pads on the calf, make sure that the skin is clean- this will help with conductivity and make the pads last longer. Using Channel A, place one pad at the top of the calf, right below the knee. Take the other pad and place it on either the heel or the arch of the foot. Mirror this placement on the other leg using Channel B. Next, turn the device on by hitting the “Power” button and select “Low” for each channel. Turn up each intensity dial to achieve a level that is strong, but still comfortable. Once you have found an intensity level that feels good to you, relax and leave the device on for at least 30-45 minutes. Repeat these steps a few times a week to really see the benefit, but feel free to use the device as much as you want to see even more results. Because of its non-fatiguing waveform, Marc Pro is also a great warm up tool to use before an intense training session or match to loosen up muscles and get blood flowing.
Dr. Mark Kovacs (PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D, CTPS, MTPS, USPTA, PTR) has a credential list a mile long. Performance physiologist, researcher, strength and conditioning coach, author, speaker, and trainer of champions is just the beginning. Formerly, he led the Strength and Conditioning, Sports Science, and Coaching Education departments for the US Tennis Association (USTA) and was the Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Currently, Mark is the Executive Director for the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA) and coach/trainer to some of the best tennis players in the world. To say he’s accomplished would be an understatement.
“Nutrients in, waste out- that’s applicable to the number one player in the world all the way down to the person playing at the local club who plays very infrequently”
Mark is a big proponent for recovery. No matter what your athletic level is, anyone can benefit from improving and speeding the recovery process. When your body is fully recovered, you can prevent overuse injuries and promote good biomechanics. Movements that usually are not an issue become altered when you are fatigued, which means you start using different muscles groups to compensate for the other body parts that are sore or tired. Good biomechanics are also important for making sure the correct muscles are being trained so athletes can get better and the sport they love. Plus, when you can eliminate soreness and fatigue before training or another match, you’re able to play better and give 100%. Need another reason to devote more time towards recovery? All the gains from the training you do come during the recovery process when muscles rebuild themselves and become stronger. Improve the recovery process and you will get the most out of all the hard work you put in.
“Using Marc Pro allows us to really limit the chance of those fatigue related issues by helping us speed recovery and be closer to an optimal level day in and day out. It also allows athletes to use it themselves, it doesn’t need a lot of expertise to apply the information.”
Marc Pro is very easy and comfortable to use. You get all the recovery, conditioning, and performance benefits in one setting- and best of all it feels good. If you are a tennis player, or any athlete looking to speed muscle recovery, improve conditioning, and perform better, try incorporating Marc Pro into your training routine. Want some help with pad placements or have a specific tennis related issue? Check out our YouTube channel to watch Dr. Mark Kovacs applying Marc Pro to his tennis athletes on various body parts and muscle groups.
“We all want to get better, we all want to use tools that can help us do the sport that we love and also be able to do it for a lifetime”