Effects of a Six-Week International Tour on the Physical Performance and Body Composition of Young Chilean Tennis Players

Pablo Luna-Villouta, Marcelo Paredes-Arias, Carol Flores-Rivera, Claudio Hernández-Mosqueira, Jaime Vásquez-Gómez, Carlos Matus-Castillo, Rafael Zapata-Lamana, César Faúndez-Casanova, Néstor Jofré Hermosilla, Natalia Villar-Cavieres, Rodrigo Vargas-Vitoria

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In tennis, it is common for young male tennis players to spend several weeks away from their local training camps during the competition season, which could affect their performance. The purpose of the study was to analyze the effects of a six-week international tour on physical performance and body composition in young Chilean tennis players. Twenty-four men between the ages of 14 and 16 participated in this research. In body composition and anthropometric measurement, body weight, height, skinfolds, and perimeters were measured. Body fat percentage (BFP) and skeletal muscle mass (SMM) were calculated. For physical performance, 5-m and 10-m sprints, modified agility test (MAT test), countermovement jump (CMJ), and medicine ball throw (MBT) were evaluated. Results show that, in body composition, BFP and SMM significantly decreased post-tour (p < 0.05; effect sizes ranging from 0.23 to 0.33, respectively). In physical performance, agility and 5-m and 10-m sprints significantly decreased (p < 0.05, effect sizes ranging from −0.63 to 1.10). We conclude that after a six-week international tour, BFP, SMM, agility, and speed (linear sprint) tend to decrease significantly, with a greater effect in the sprint tests.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1455
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2023


  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Performance/physiology
  • Body Composition
  • Chile
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Functional Performance
  • Tennis/physiology


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