Aerobic ATP Production and Energy System Efficiency
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Aerobic ATP Production and Energy System Efficiency

Aerobic ATP production is important for on-court tennis performance and hence understanding how the body converts foods into energy aerobically makes sense if you want to perform well. Did you know that the aerobic energy system only converts approximately 34% of the potential energy from foods into biologically usable energy? Following I will explain how…

Glycolysis Explained: How Glucose Breakdown Provides Energy
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Glycolysis Explained: How Glucose Breakdown Provides Energy

Glycolysis, the “splitting of glucose”, is the breakdown of glucose or glycogen in order to provide ATP, which occurs in the liver and in the sarcoplasm of muscle cells. Glycolysis is the energy system that predominantly provides energy for higher-intensity activities lasting 15-90 seconds and it provides a net gain of 2-3 ATP. Glycolysis Explained: Splitting of…

Introducing Carbohydrates
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Introducing Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred source of energy during a tennis match. They play different roles depending on their form. Carbohydrates are the ideal form of energy during anaerobic metabolism (short duration/high intensity activities; e.g. 100m sprint). At the molecular level a carbohydrate atom consists of: 6 carbon (C) molecules 12 hydrogen (H) molecules 6…

The Role of Nutrients in Sports
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The Role of Nutrients in Sports

Understanding the role of nutrients in sports is important since nutrients are fuel for energy systems and having more energy aids in optimizing performance on the court. The body uses nutrients to grow, restore body tissue, and provide energy to perform work. The body requires some nutrients in large quantities, called macronutrients, and other nutrients…