Certificate in Fitness & Conditioning for Tennis & Racket Sports


This certificate covers the definition of and practical approach to Fitness and Conditioning, the Components of Fitness and the Principles of Training and how they apply to Tennis & Racquet Sports coaching.


This module covers the definition of and practical approach to Fitness and Conditioning, the Components of Fitness and the Principles of Training and how they apply to Tennis & Racquet Sports coaching.

  • Module introduction – 4 PDF documents
  • Resource notes
  • A total of 29 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
  • 7 workshop videos
  • 3 multiple-choice activities



  • Upon completion of this module (mini-course), the learner will:
  • Understand the definition of physical fitness for Racquet Sports
  • Understand the Components of Fitness and how they integrate and work in physical fitness development.
  • Understand the methods used develop each component
  • Be familiar with the all the components in sport and exercise
  • Be familiar with the scientific support for the components of fitness
  • Understand and appreciate the Principles of Training.
  • Develop practical coaching skills enabling him/her to be efficient in advancing the overall conditioning of the player.
  • Be proficient in applying the principles of fitness training when planning and implementing conditioning programmes
  • Understand fitness training in relation to the younger player

On completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Outline and explain the background and principles in planning and preparing training programmes for Racquet Sports players
  • Prepare a programme of physical fitness development that meets the needs of the player/team under your supervision and which supports the demands of Racquet Sports
  • Demonstrate a range of practical coaching approaches in physical fitness training
  • Demonstrate the ability to design a variety of specially designed fitness programmes to provide specific training sessions for the needs of different players.

The course content covers Fitness, Conditioning and Methods that can assist the modern coach to prepare specific training programmes for Racquet Sports players.
The course starts by examining a very brief history of the sport of Racquet Sports and how it has developed into a major sport.

We then move on quickly to look at general fitness, fitness for sport and eventually look at fitness for Racquet Sports. The object of any programme of physical fitness is to maximise an individual’s health, strength, endurance, speed and skill relative to age, sex, body build, and physiology. These ends can only be realised through
conscientious regulation of exercise, rest, diet, and games. Exercise should be regular and vigorous, but begun slowly and only gradually increased in strenuousness. Conditioning is the process by which we get people fit and this is the topic we examine next.

After that the module looks at all the various components of fitness and importantly how they apply or not to the game of Racquet Sports. Each of these topics will be covered in more detail in each of the following modules.

The course is completed by an in-depth look at the key Principles of Training When one trains or manages a player/team there is no denying that enthusiasm is great advantage to have as a coach. However, it must be tempered with the knowledge of certain training principles that will enable the team and the players to develop safely and to an optimal level. These are what we call the principles of training and they are a few fundamental values or doctrine of exercise that must be adhered to in order to progress safely and effectively with any exercise plan. Furthermore, it would be impossible to truly understand the definition of fitness without the inclusion of these essential principles.

Before we start let us remind you that a new and very exciting course being delivered by SAQ® International is Diploma in Athlete / Player Development. This course covers many important aspects critical to completing one’s development as a coach. The details for this course are available online or by request.


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