Many players start a match by standing on the service line and like to use the “small ball” warm-up on court as the match is just starting. What do you feel about that? Thoughts on that and a “medical update” follow.
I believe the basic concept is to warm up the eye/hand coordination and to get you watching the ball as the match is getting ready to start. Therefore, it is not so much a PHYSICAL warm up as it is a MENTAL warm up.
If I had a good warm-up on a wall or even just some pre-match calisthenics, I find I don’t need this; but I will politely accommodate an opponent who wants to use it.
I just started experimenting with using the green dot ball for just this first few minutes of on-court warm-up. While many of my friends are not comfortable with it, I think it does provide a better stroke to practice in that drill.
What do YOU think… are you a Small Ball warm up player?
My appointment with the cardiologist (Dr. Santos, Brown U grad) was Wednesday morning at 11. After all the “new patient” paperwork being completed, I was escorted by pretty, young Nurse Kelsey (who plays tennis with her 72 year old father every week) back to an examining room.
After weighing in and taking my blood pressure, she also checked my heart rate… which stopped her in her tracks at 38 beats/minute. She then hooked me up for an EKG, which I told her was going to be “funny” and showed her the one I carry in my wallet for that very reason.
After a full 15 minutes of down time, Dr. Santos finally came in and apologized for keeping me waiting. It seems he and his partner were debating my situation. Nothing to do with why I was there (my 1,491 Calcium score); but due to my low heart rate, his partner wanted to “admit me immediately and install a pacemaker”!!
Slow Heart Rate
Dr. Santos talked him out of it; saying if I got any lower, then that would be in order. And told me that my “funny EKG” has gotten “even funnier” since last time it was done. (For the medical techies, I have AV Block/second degree/ Type 1 … which means that the signals to make my heart beat don’t all get through. But the Mayo clinic says, “A resting heart rate slower than 60 beats a minute is normal for some people, particularly healthy young adults and trained athletes. For them, bradycardia isn’t considered a health problem.”)
But we moved onto my Calcium issue and the doctor told me that he also has an abnormally high score (due to his having diabetes) and he lives with that. And even though his specialty is doing catheterizations (which has a 1% complication rate), he would recommend our doing “non-invasive testing” first.
After a good discussion of the pros and cons (I really liked him and his style and gave him a copy of my book to get him back playing tennis), I agreed to schedule the other tests. So in three weeks, I go back for…
- A treadmill nuclear stress test followed by…
- An echocardiogram,
- And then get fitted for the latest in heart monitor patches (to be worn for three days)
Then the first week of December, I go back to meet with Dr. Santos to review all the results. If I pass all three tests, I believe he says, “goodbye and good luck.” But if there are any questions raised, we will then have a heart catheterization to look inside.
In the meantime, I was cleared to “live my normal life” and play tennis (and I made it onto the court for my 1 p.m. start time at The Strand!). Upon leaving, he said, “Thanks, you made my day by giving me something interesting to think about!”
“Every cloud has it’s silver lining” (for somebody). 🙂
Any comments/experiences are welcome.
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