Le padel is a sport relatively new in comparison to the other racket sports that most closely resemble him, namely tennis and squash.

In France, since 2014 and its incorporation into the French Tennis Federation, its expansion has continued to grow and more and more competitions are taking place.

The president of the French Tennis Federation aims « 1000 courts of padel At the end of his term of office which ends in 2020. The padel even has the ambition to become Olympic in 2024.

Sports performance at padel is conditioned by different determinants: physical and physiological qualities, specific sporting skills and competitive strategies. The padel, like tennis and squash, is characterized by rapid starts, braking, many changes of support, repeated strikes, involving many muscle groups, ranging from sub-maximum intensities to periods of moderate activity or weak.

However, studies concerning this sport are very few, even more in our country. This is why I decided to write a thesis, to determine, based on a precise analysis of the task, the physical requirements, that is to say the distances traveled and the speeds of movement, as well that the physiological requirements necessary for padel, that is to say the average heart rate, the level of lactate in the blood and the evaluation of the perception of the effort. This will allow us to suggest the training and evaluation orientations that seem best suited to the player's preparation for padel future years.

Matthieu Lebourgeois is a sports physiotherapist and physical trainer. He takes care of players of padel lover of re-athletic rehabilitation and practices padel regularly at leisure on padel. Matthieu fully intends to test himself in competition and show his talent!