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Morphological and functional asymmetry

in (pre)adolescent elite tennis players

Morphological and functional asymmetry in (pre)adolescent elite tennis players:

a prospective cohort study on their interrelationship and association with growth, maturation, skill performance and injury 

Humans generally use a preferred upper and lower extremity during daily activities. Due to repetitive uneven loading, this gradually results in morphological (e.g. increased bone and muscle mass) as well as functional (e.g. increased muscle strength) adaptations to the dominant side of the body. The corresponding morphological and functional asymmetry can be further accentuated by (intensively) practicing a unilateral sport, such as tennis. Yet, research on this topic is scarce. The main purpose of this research project is to gain comprehensive knowledge on the degree, development and implications of both morphological and functional asymmetry. As such, this research project among youth elite tennis players will provide insights to which extent morphological and/or functional asymmetry is acceptable for being most successful but remaining injury free.



Primary researcher

Drs. Laurent Chapelle



Prof. Dr. Eva D’Hondt

Prof. Dr. Peter Clarys

Project related publications

Chapelle, L., Rommers, N., Clarys, P., D’Hondt, E., & Taeymans, J. (2019). Upper extremity bone mineral content asymmetries in tennis players: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of sports sciences, 37(9), 988-997.

Chapelle, L., Rommers, N., Clarys, P., & D’Hondt, E. (2020). Whole-body morphological asymmetries in high-level female tennis players: A cross‑sectional study. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-6.