From Breakpoint To Advantage: A Practical Guide to Optimal Tennis Health and Performance

By Babette Pluim, M.D., Ph.D., and Marc Safran, M.D.

What People Are Saying

"Babette Pluim and Marc Safran are true pioneers in the field of tennis medicine. Tennis coaches, parents, exercise physiologists, physiotherapists and physicians should have two copies of this book: one for the office, and one for the traveling bag. From Breakpoint To Advantage is a definitive tennis medicine resource "

Brian Hainline Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Open Tennis Championships; Chair, ITF Sports Medicine Commission

"It is seldom that a book includes an appropriate mix of theory and practice. The book From Breakpoint To Advantage is written in such a manner by two world renown tennis medicine specialists. While medical issues are well covered, other areas of tennis science are also presented in an easy to read manner. A very useful book for the player, coach, and tennis enthusiast."

Bruce Elliott, Professor of Biomechanics, The University of Western Australia, Australia; coeditor, Biomechanics of Advanced Tennis

"This is an excellent practical and comprehensive book, one I wish I had a long time ago! Doctors Pluim and Safran have created an invaluable reference for anyone working with racquet sports. Coming from their expert backgrounds and experiences, they have edited and synthesized the many scientific and medical disciplines involved. This book will be a lasting contribution in the field and an essential resource."

Carol L. Otis, M.D. FACSM, Former WTA medical advisor

"This book is the ultimate guide to sports medicine and physical training in tennis. Doctors Pluim and Safran have provided an exhaustive compilation of information on injury management, prevention and performance enhancement strategies for tennis players, coaches, and those who care for them. A great source of information for any tennis player, coach or sports medicine professional."

Todd S. Ellenbecker, MS, PT, SCS, OCS, CSCS; Chairman, USTA Sport Science Committee; Clinic Director, Physiotherapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic

"Forty years of experience and ten years on the ATP Tour have taught me that players are careless with their bodies. The take-home message of this book is to take better care of your body, because you only have one!"

Jan Naaktgeboren, physiotherapist, Dutch Davis Cup Team

"Your body is like a bicycle chain. The weakest link determines the strength of the whole. This book will help to reveal and strengthen your weak points."

Jurgen Roordink, physiotherapist, Dutch Davis Cup Team

Reading this book confirmed once again my conviction that prevention is more important than treatment. If you do need treatment, make sure you have a very good medical staff, like we have with the Dutch Davis Cup Team!"

Tjerk Bogtstra, Dutch Davis Cup Captain

"It was about time a book like this appeared on the market! It gives an excellent overview of all the possible injuries in tennis and good tips of what to do. I particularly like the exercises in the rehabilitation chapter."

Juan Reque, PT, ATP Sports Medicine Trainer, Physiotherapist of the Spanish Davis Cup and Fed Cup Teams

"Coming back after injury is a very tough road for every tennis player. I know this from personal experience. If you are injured, reading this book will make life easier, both for you and your coach!"

Goran Ivanisevic, Wimbledon Champion, former #1 ATP Tour

"This book is a must for everyone who starts playing intense tennis at a young age."

Richard Krajicek, Wimbledon Champion

"At the top levels, I need to be faster and more accurate than the other guy. Any injury is an obstacle on my way to the top. This book is a good tool to better prevent and treat injuries. Every coach, therapist, player, and parent should know what's inside it."

Juan Carlos Ferrero, Roland Garros Champion

"Injury prevention is a key to a longer career. Read this book and make sure you look after your body."

Mahesh Bhupathi, former #1 ATP Doubles, Doubles Champion Roland Garros, Wimbledon, U.S. Open

"I am in the fortunate circumstance that I have been able to make a (rather successful!) career out of what I love doing most: playing tennis. One of the keys to my success was that I spent as much time on court as off-court to optimize my performance and to stay healthy. Reading this book might help you find your way to success!"

Jonas Bjorkman, Doubles Champion Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open

"Consistent performance at the elite level is only possible if one combines high-intensity exercise with high-quality recovery. This book will give you excellent practical tips to enhance recovery and prevent injuries."

Martin Verkerk, top-twenty ATP player, Roland Garros finalist
Book Specifications
Chapters 28
Sections 6
Pages 400
Illustrations 500
Index Yes
References Yes
Cover Paperback
Size 8.5 × 11
ISBN 0-9722759-1-6