As we all know, tennis is very good for human health. However, the benefits to mental health are often overlooked.
Regular participation in tennis can improve a person’s mental health by boosting self-confidence, reducing stress and improving mood.
1. Increase self-confidence
The sense of accomplishment from learning a new skill cannot be replicated. Tennis is a relatively complex sport that requires a high level of skill to play at a high level. If, as a beginner, you can track your progress as you start to master the sport, then this will help you greatly increase your confidence.
Also, when you start to feel your body changing with regular tennis, you’ll find that your self-confidence increases as well. Self-confidence has a major impact on an individual’s mental health.
2. Reduce stress
Tennis decompression is a very effective “good medicine” with no side effects. In the face of this increasingly fast-paced real world, each of us has our own anxiety and depression, but there is nothing that a game of tennis can’t solve, if there is, another doubles.
Playing sports allows you to forget about the stress of everyday life and give you the opportunity to spend time doing what you love. Playing tennis on a regular basis provides you with a physical opportunity to relieve muscle tension and take away the stress and unhappiness of your life through sweat.
3. Improve mood
Like all forms of exercise, tennis causes the brain to release endorphins, also known as feel-good hormones, which are thought to improve your mood and put your mind and body in a state of relaxation and well-being. Endorphins improve your mood by reducing your perception of pain by triggering positive feelings throughout your body.
In addition to this, playing tennis regularly has a significant positive impact on various mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. WebMD even lists tennis as one of the number one sports to help combat mild to moderate depression.
Because strong social support is important for people with depression, and tennis is a must-have sport, participating in more social sports like tennis can allow people with depression to benefit from physical activity and emotional comfort and perceive to the strength that is supported and needed.
Most area teams are enjoying a season largely free of pandemic-related hurdles, with one major exception: a scarcity of tennis balls.
It’s an issue that has plagued coaches and athletic directors since January, when tennis equipment wholesalers began reporting significant shipment delays and dwindling stock.
“We had a meeting of coaches the beginning of February,” Robinson Coach Paul Fisher said. “We were trading: ‘I got some here. I got some there.’ You know, that type of thing. It’s a real pain.”
Fisher said he has been able to scrounge up enough balls by checking local and online retailers, sharing stock information with other coaches and establishing a “lifeline” to trade equipment with programs that have managed to stock up.
But he’s still waiting on a delayed shipment from a warehouse in California, and he’s keeping his fingers crossed it’ll arrive before the playoffs.
Oakton Coach Betsy Tyskowski ran into similar issues and has had to reuse balls more often during practice. But with continued use, tennis balls can handle unexpectedly and lose their bounce.
“I kept hearing the same thing over and over about how we could place the order, but they had no idea when it would be fulfilled,” Tyskowski wrote in an email. “[I was] hoping that the availability and price would be better a couple of months down the road but that hasn’t turned out to be the case either.”
The shortage also has been a hit to athletic department budgets; coaches are finding remaining stocks being sold for as much as double the price compared to last season.
Fisher and Tyskowski say the players haven’t had to make many accommodations so far, but with state championships on the horizon, finding enough balls will continue to be a challenge.
“It’s a lot, a lot of phone calls,” said Fisher, who worked with another local coach to get a few more balls this week. “We made a deal. He gave me two cases, which should get me through this week and next, I think. I’m hoping.”
— Aaron Credeur