The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of tennis training on balance and hand-eye coordination.
We also tried to determine the speed difference of coordination evolution in people who had not previously played ball
sports compared with people who had.
There were two groups on our research. The first group consisted of 17 male university students who had already played a
ball sport aged 22,11 ± 0,98 year. We chose the subjects by searching for athletes who had trained for a sport branch other
than tennis at least 3 days a week for more than 2 years. The second group consisted of 15 male university students who
had not previously played a ball sport aged 20,46 ± 1,60 year. We gave each subject eight weeks of tennis training, twice a
week, 2 hours per day. No special formative practices concerning balance or coordination were given to the subjects. The
subjects were tested with the Flamingo Balance Test, Hand eye coordination test and Tennis Ability Test. The tests were
carried out at the beginning (4th hour), the middle (16th hour) and the end of our study (36th hour).
By statistical analysis of the results of the tests, we can say that for Flamingo Balance Test, recessive hand-eye
coordination test and Tennis Ability Test there was a significant difference between the first evaluation and the third
evaluation for both groups (p<0,05). Moreover, learning acceleration between 1st and 2nd (p<0,05) evaluation were greater
than 2nd and 3rd one (p>0,05). This result supports 2nd purpose of the study. Accordingly, their learning improvement was
slowdown in Recessive Hand-eye Coordination and Tennis Ability Tests both of groups.