Performance in padel: what should we measure

Padel is a racket sport, practiced in pairs, in a rectangular playing area of 10 by 20 meters, divided into two halves by a net. The padel court is characterized by a completely closed perimeter, combining areas of a metal mesh with areas that allow for a bounce against the baseline and the sidewalls. In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in both the popularity and expansion of this sport, with more and more sports clubs dedicating their facilities to padel. In addition, there are 65 federations worldwide that implement their own ranking system and issue their own padel licenses to compete as well as multiple international professional circuits that have emerged and evolved (ATP Padel Tour, World Padel Tour, and Premier Padel). The professionalization of the sport has induced a more rigorous and scientific analysis of the technique, tactics, physical conditioning, physiological and psychological adaptation with the goal of improving the preparation and planification of training sessions to best match the needs of competition. Consequently, studies surrounding the padel industry have seen a major increase lately, with performance analysis being a key point of analysis.

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Doctor en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte.
Profesor Titular en la Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte de la Universidad de Extremadura.
Autor de numerosas publicaciones científicas de pádel.