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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2004, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Is It Time For Kerri To Go?

Brooks that is. Serena and Venus's trainer/therapist.

I give her props for keeping them healthy in 2001-2002 after they had issue after issue before that, but its been injury after injury (especially with Venus) and a lot of these Kerri really should be picking up.

Obviously its not all her fault, its not her body, but I think as a pro travelling with professional atheletes, she should be quicker with some of these injuries...maybe I'm wrong. Or maybe V&S aren't listening to her advice? Who knows, but while I don't think she should be fired, I definately think she should be re-assessing her duties
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Thats a very good question. it'll be interesting to see if they decide to let go of her because of these injuries.

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I seriously wonder myself.

This girl was purposely hired to PREVENT injuries, yet, every week, it's always a new injury.

I definitely think it's time for her to go, as she doesn't seem to be doing her job too well.

But then, maybe all of these injuries are just hard to prevent considering their game, so, who knows??

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I understand that, but I wonder what kind of preventative measures she's having them do.

One thing that it could be is that its from years of doing something wrong and its catching up with them now...but with the so little tennis that they play (relatively speaking) how on earth do they get so injured?

That's my question
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Maybe thats just it M. maybe they play too LITTLE tennis, that when they get out there, they forget to move a certain way or not turn their foots or whatever, because they're not used to it.
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How can you prevent injuries when Venus, for instance, picks them up while she ties her shoes or picks up her bags

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No I understand what you meant, but I'm thinking more along the lines that since they kind of did it their own way, they didn't do a lot of the injury prevention that they maybe teach at acadmies? But I doubt it because they were at Macci's....I dunno.

Its just that if players who play Junior Tournaments and play 25 tournaments a year in singles and doubles have LESS injuries than they do (some of them playing the same game) I don't get it.

Obviously it differs from body to body, and of course they can get a lot of little injuries, but these two have the SAME injuries, over and over and over again.

Especially with Venus and her wrists. Her tendons should've been strengthened by now. They're a muscle like any else and can stronger. It's a bit different for Serena since she had surgery and all but there is no reason Venus should be having such long term issues....of course unless there is a permanent problem we weren't aware of
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Thats a good question, but I'm not sure there's that much she or anyone can do . You'd think two ridiculously fit people would be less injury prone, but thats not the case anymore at least.

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How can you prevent injuries when Venus, for instance, picks them up while she ties her shoes or picks up her bags
There are strengthening techniques that can help prevent these type of things, which is exactly why I don't understand how they are getting these stupid injuries when they can be prevented.... ESPECIALLY in Venus' case.

I mean, seriously now, is Kerri doing anything to help prevent these injuries, because it sure doesn't seem like that.

But then, maybe the girls are cursed.

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In Serena's case maybe not, but Venus's problems are with her tendons. Those things can be strengthened to the point where they can withstand lifting a bag or tieing a shoe
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In Serena's case maybe not, but Venus's problems are with her tendons. Those things can be strengthened to the point where they can withstand lifting a bag or tieing a shoe
It can also be done with corrective surgery. I was born with Achilles tendons that were too small for my body. It was so bad, I couldn't even stand flat-footed, let alone walk that way. When I was nine years old, I had surgery to have the tendons lengthened, and I was told to stretch them at least twice a day, which I'm still doing 30 years later. I don't know if that what's wrong with Venus' wrists, but there are things that could have been done to correct the problem.

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In Serena's case maybe not, but Venus's problems are with her tendons. Those things can be strengthened to the point where they can withstand lifting a bag or tieing a shoe
That's why I don't understand these strange injuries from Venus, when they can EASILY be prevented.

Serena, it's a little different, although I'm sure things could still be done.

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Do they really listen to Kerri day in day out?

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Maybe they just need an individual trainer. I don't follow their schedules that closely, but it seems like they don't really live together anymore, and travel together less than they used to. I know Roddick and Agassi's trainers only work for them and they work with them on almost a daily basis.
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Maybe they just need an individual trainer. I don't follow their schedules that closely, but it seems like they don't really live together anymore, and travel together less than they used to. I know Roddick and Agassi's trainers only work for them and they work with them on almost a daily basis.
Kerri is with them at virtually every tournament, so thats not an excuse
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