Wrist strengthening is an important component of a tennis or pickleball player's overall fitness regimen.
A strong and stable wrist helps a player generate more power and accuracy on her shots, and also reduces the risk of injury during long matches.
Read below about several easy exercises you can incorporate into your daily or weekly routine to help maximize performance and reduce the risk of injury.
1. Wrist Extensions:
Start by positioning your feet shoulder-width apart. Take a dumbbell in each hand, holding onto the end of the weight. Extend both arms out in front of you and flex your wrists, bringing the weights towards you. Straighten your wrists to push the dumbbells away from you.
2. Wrist Curls:
With your arms at right angles by your side, hold the weights and open your hand; the dumbbell will slightly roll into your grip. Firmly grasp the dumbbell and curl your wrist, squeezing the weight tightly. Hold the contraction for a moment before slowly releasing.
3. Wrist Rotations
Holding weights at a right angle by your side, gently rotate your wrists inward and outward.