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Health Benefits of Tennis Research

School of Health Sciences

Overview

Here at Liverpool Hope University this project aims to investigate the multi-dimensional health benefits of tennis, including the physiological, biomechanical, psychosocial and nutritional aspects. We are particularly interested in how playing tennis later in life can influence these different health-related outcomes. For this reason, senior tennis players will be the main focus of this study, although younger tennis players and non-tennis players will also be taking part in the study.

At present, there is very little research in the area although numerous evidence exists promoting the importance of an active lifestyle. Ultimately, in collaboration with the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament, the Liverpool and District Tennis Group and wider tennis community, it is hoped that this study will identify whether regular tennis participation can enhance your overall health and quality of life. Watch this video to find out more.

News items:

Tennis stars help launch UK’s largest study into whether the sport helps us age

Liverpool Echo

BBC Radio Merseyside

Good News Liverpool

 

Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament 2017

2017 dates:

  • Thursday 15th
  • Friday 16th
  • Saturday 17th
  • Sunday 18th

We proudly announced our new venue in March which is the 207-year-old Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, Liverpool. The club was chosen to host the tennis competition as a warm-up for Wimbledon.

Visit the International Tennis Tournament website.

Members

Based in the School of Health Sciences at Liverpool Hope University, this multidimensional project is made up of a team of experts in their respective fields, including biomechanists, physiologists, nutritionists and psychologists. Click on the links below to find out more about our team members backgrounds and specialist interests.

 

Dr. Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Dr. Farzad Amirabdollahian

Dr. Denise Roche

Dr. Stefan Koehn

Dr. Matthew Jackson

How to Get Involved

We are currently seeking participants to take part in this study. Therefore, if you already play tennis on a regular basis then we would like to hear more from you. You do not need to be elite level, just an avid member of your local tennis club will do, as long as you play week in/week out and have been for a number of years. In particular, we are looking for senior tennis players ranging from 35-65 and younger tennis players from 18-25.

If you would like to find out more detailed information about your own health on a number of levels including, cardiovascular, strength, fitness, nutritional and psychological status, whilst contributing to tennis research, then head to the FAQ section now to read more. 

Tennis study poster 1

 

 

FAQ

In this study, we are investigating the health benefits of tennis. This is a multidimensional study of physical and psychosocial functioning, nutritional state, and health-related quality of life in senior tennis players. For this purpose we will be comparing people who play tennis with the general population, of which some will be the same age range and some considerably younger.

What will my participation in the research involve?

We would like to ask for your permission to carry out several different aspects of the study which will include measuring: your body composition (the muscle, water and fat content of your body), the electrical activity (EMG) and strength of some muscles around your upper and lower extremity, your overall fitness, simple finger-capillary blood tests, your vascular function through non-invasive imaging; asking about your eating habits and completing some questionnaires.

Where will the study take place?

All tests will take place during one visit to the new science building at Liverpool Hope University.

How much of my time will I need to give up?

Approximately 3 hours.

Will there be any benefits to me to taking part?

If you decide to take part in this study it may not benefit you directly. We can however, provide you with information and results of some measurements such as body composition, blood test, and fitness if you wish. The information obtained from this research, will help scientists to produce strong evidence on health benefits of tennis, rationalise tennis participation, and promote health and enhanced quality of life.

Will there be any risks to me in taking part?

Minimal. You might experience mild physical and mental fatigue but you can have a rest when you feel like you need to.

What happens if I decide that I don’t want to take part during the actual research study, or decide that the information given should not be used?

That’s fine. You can withdraw at any time.

How will you ensure that my contribution is anonymous?

All your data will only be used by the research team and no reference to your name will be stored on any data files.

What will happen to the data once the study is complete?

Once all testing has been completed, the results will be written up and publish in peer-reviewed journals, as well as other media.

Please note that your confidentiality and anonymity cannot be assured if, during the research, it comes to light that you are involved in illegal or harmful behaviours which I may need to disclose to the appropriate authorities.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about our work then please contact:

Dr. Matthew Jackson

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
School of Health Sciences
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool
L16 9JD 

Tel: 0151 291 3758

Email: jacksom1@hope.ac.uk

Please also visit our facebook (healthbenefitsoftennis) and twitter (@TennisHealth) pages, to more closely follow the progress of the study.

For further information about how to find us please visit http://www.hope.ac.uk/howtofindus/

Overview

Here at Liverpool Hope University this project aims to investigate the multi-dimensional health benefits of tennis, including the physiological, biomechanical, psychosocial and nutritional aspects. We are particularly interested in how playing tennis later in life can influence these different health-related outcomes. For this reason, senior tennis players will be the main focus of this study, although younger tennis players and non-tennis players will also be taking part in the study.

At present, there is very little research in the area although numerous evidence exists promoting the importance of an active lifestyle. Ultimately, in collaboration with the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament, the Liverpool and District Tennis Group and wider tennis community, it is hoped that this study will identify whether regular tennis participation can enhance your overall health and quality of life. Watch this video to find out more.

News items:

Tennis stars help launch UK’s largest study into whether the sport helps us age

Liverpool Echo

BBC Radio Merseyside

Good News Liverpool

 

Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament 2017

2017 dates:

  • Thursday 15th
  • Friday 16th
  • Saturday 17th
  • Sunday 18th

We proudly announced our new venue in March which is the 207-year-old Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, Liverpool. The club was chosen to host the tennis competition as a warm-up for Wimbledon.

Visit the International Tennis Tournament website.

Members

Based in the School of Health Sciences at Liverpool Hope University, this multidimensional project is made up of a team of experts in their respective fields, including biomechanists, physiologists, nutritionists and psychologists. Click on the links below to find out more about our team members backgrounds and specialist interests.

 

Dr. Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Dr. Farzad Amirabdollahian

Dr. Denise Roche

Dr. Stefan Koehn

Dr. Matthew Jackson

How to Get Involved

We are currently seeking participants to take part in this study. Therefore, if you already play tennis on a regular basis then we would like to hear more from you. You do not need to be elite level, just an avid member of your local tennis club will do, as long as you play week in/week out and have been for a number of years. In particular, we are looking for senior tennis players ranging from 35-65 and younger tennis players from 18-25.

If you would like to find out more detailed information about your own health on a number of levels including, cardiovascular, strength, fitness, nutritional and psychological status, whilst contributing to tennis research, then head to the FAQ section now to read more. 

Tennis study poster 1

 

 

FAQ

In this study, we are investigating the health benefits of tennis. This is a multidimensional study of physical and psychosocial functioning, nutritional state, and health-related quality of life in senior tennis players. For this purpose we will be comparing people who play tennis with the general population, of which some will be the same age range and some considerably younger.

What will my participation in the research involve?

We would like to ask for your permission to carry out several different aspects of the study which will include measuring: your body composition (the muscle, water and fat content of your body), the electrical activity (EMG) and strength of some muscles around your upper and lower extremity, your overall fitness, simple finger-capillary blood tests, your vascular function through non-invasive imaging; asking about your eating habits and completing some questionnaires.

Where will the study take place?

All tests will take place during one visit to the new science building at Liverpool Hope University.

How much of my time will I need to give up?

Approximately 3 hours.

Will there be any benefits to me to taking part?

If you decide to take part in this study it may not benefit you directly. We can however, provide you with information and results of some measurements such as body composition, blood test, and fitness if you wish. The information obtained from this research, will help scientists to produce strong evidence on health benefits of tennis, rationalise tennis participation, and promote health and enhanced quality of life.

Will there be any risks to me in taking part?

Minimal. You might experience mild physical and mental fatigue but you can have a rest when you feel like you need to.

What happens if I decide that I don’t want to take part during the actual research study, or decide that the information given should not be used?

That’s fine. You can withdraw at any time.

How will you ensure that my contribution is anonymous?

All your data will only be used by the research team and no reference to your name will be stored on any data files.

What will happen to the data once the study is complete?

Once all testing has been completed, the results will be written up and publish in peer-reviewed journals, as well as other media.

Please note that your confidentiality and anonymity cannot be assured if, during the research, it comes to light that you are involved in illegal or harmful behaviours which I may need to disclose to the appropriate authorities.

 

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about our work then please contact:

Dr. Matthew Jackson

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
School of Health Sciences
Liverpool Hope University
Hope Park
Liverpool
L16 9JD 

Tel: 0151 291 3758

Email: jacksom1@hope.ac.uk

Please also visit our facebook (healthbenefitsoftennis) and twitter (@TennisHealth) pages, to more closely follow the progress of the study.

For further information about how to find us please visit http://www.hope.ac.uk/howtofindus/