Padel is a relatively new sport compared to the other racket sports that most closely resemble it, namely tennis and squash.
Sports performance on padel is conditioned by various determinants: physical and physiological qualities, specific sports skills and competitive strategies. Padel, like tennis and squash, is characterized by quick starts, braking, many changes of support, repeated strikes, where many muscle groups intervene, ranging from sub-maximum intensities to periods of moderate or low activity.
However, studies concerning this sport are very few, even more in our country. That's why we will soon determine the physical requirements, that is to say the distances traveled and the speeds of movement, as well as the physiological requirements necessary for the padel: 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 directions that seem best suited to the preparation of the padel player for future years.
Matthieu LEBOURGEOIS, sports physiotherapist, will be back on the physical and physiological requirements necessary for padel which will allow us to suggest training and evaluation directions for padel players in future years.