2 December 2022 – The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, and Podium Analytics (“Podium”), the NGO and charity committed to reducing injury in sport, have today announced a long-term partnership to understand and address the impact of injury in youth tennis.
The partnership will see an initial focus on research into the development experience of young players (10-18-years-old) across the LTA’s Regional Player Development Centre (RPDC) network and National Academies, and will seek to understand the impact of issues such as the growth spurt, workload, and mental health and psychological wellbeing on the participation, performance and injury experience of young players.
Michael Bourne, Performance Director at the LTA, commented: “Understanding and positively influencing the tennis experiences of our young players, at such a seminal age, is vital. Our partnership with Podium builds on our 2022 review of our Regional Player Development Centres, and will deliver further significant insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by young players, their parents and coaches – providing transferrable learnings for our other tennis environments and even other sports. Expanding to young adults in due course, we will also be focusing on optimising education and communications relating to injury prevention and recovery so that more players can reach their potential.”
Andy Hunt, CEO of Podium Analytics, added: “Reducing injury in youth sport and ensuring the best possible participation experience is at the heart of our collaboration with the LTA. We look forward to working in close partnership with the LTA in delivering research, insights, and in supporting programmes that help ensure more players can enjoy playing tennis throughout their life.”
Podium recently announced Tim Henman OBE, former British professional tennis player and member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Board, as a Podium Athlete Ambassador.