Exploring game dynamics in padel: Implications for assessment and training

Courel-Ibáñez, J., Sánchez-Alcaraz, B.J., Muñoz, D.

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(7): 1971–1977.

Año 2019


A better understanding of in-game competition demands potentially improved coaching strategy and quality. However, there is very limited information about game patterns in padel, a very modern racket sport born in the 70s. The purpose of this study was therefore to quantify and classify game dynamics during the match in professional padel players through a multivariate decision tree approach including technical, spatial, and effectiveness indicators. The results determined 3 main game styles strongly defined by the court zone (net, middle, and baseline). In addition, particular technical, spatial, and effectiveness indicators were identified in each zone. In net and middle areas (offense) stood the use of volleys and overhead strokes on the center lane to both keep a positional advantage and solve the point. Conversely in the baseline (defense), the use of corner side walls and the domain of lobs showed to be relevant. The high rate of backhand ground- strokes, involving over 4 of 10 actions, is also remarkable. This information may have relevant implications for coaches working in padel by providing a novel hierarchically organization of game dynamics, which helps in designing training and conditioning programs close to real competitive situations.


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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.