Asymmetry in Volume between Dominant and Nondominant Upper Limbs in Young Tennis Players

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study aimed at demonstrating the asymmetry in volume between the dominant and nondominant upper limbs in tennis players, controlled for maturity status. Upper limb volumes on both sides were calculated in 72 tennis players and 84 control subjects, using the truncated cone method. The participants’ maturity status was determined using the predicted age at peak height velocity (PHV). The results showed significant larger side-to-side asymmetry in volume in tennis groups than in control groups. These findings suggested that, even before PHV, specific-sport adaptations occurred in the dominant upper limb in tennis players.

Rogowski, Ducher, Brosseau, and Hautier are with the University of Lyon, Lyon, France.