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Benefits of exercise on the brain

We all know exercising is good for the body. But did you know you might also get a brain boost when you don your sneakers and hit the gym or the court? The benefits of physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, have positive effects on brain function on multiple fronts, ranging from the molecular to behavioral […]

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Vida Coach Profile – Jo Karaitiana

Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of Tennis at Box Hill Secondary College Jo Karaitiana. Jo Karaitiana – Melbourne, Australia Vida Venue – Box Hill Seconday Role – Director of Tennis 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was probably around 7 years […]

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What can I learn from losing?

With another set of school holidays and tournament block in the books, it’s time to reflect on your performance and to look forward towards your next term of training.  I recently came across an article by TennisFitness.com with the title “Every tennis player should read this”. As a tennis coach and player I obviously felt […]

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2019 Vida Bairnsdale Tournament Camp

 While the Giants broke Magpie hearts in the city, a young Vida crew headed east in search of success and a unique experience. It was a great day to be a kite as the wind was howling over the freshly laid classic clay. We all had to adjust to the court and weather conditions […]

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Where should you hit your return of serve?

One of the most influential shots in the game is the Return of Serve deep down the middle. With the speed and placement of the serve getting better each year, the importance of a great return increases. Arguably two of the greatest returners to play the game Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi have won a […]

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Teaching Children About Failure

Parents will always have a need to protect their children. It’s part of the job. It is important in many aspects of life to be able to protect your children from potential dangers. Protecting children from failure, however, can negatively impact their development. Failure is a part of life. Children need to be able to […]

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Pleasure in Pressure

Do you love the nervousness? Pete Sampras was asked by Inside Tennis after his retirement what he missed the most about the game? He said, “I miss feeling so nervous that I would throw up before the finals of Wimbledon.” Embracing Pressure Skill and training naturally play a big part in the ability to execute […]

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How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports

Being a sporting parent is not an easy job. Recently I read a great article on www.activeforlife.com and thought I would share it will the Vida community. Enjoy. Sean Hosemans Vida Tennis Epping How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports These days, everyone wants to incorporate more mindfulness into […]

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