Squash is my sport of choice these days and I think a good warm-up is imperative to get your mind and body ready for the match. 3 Common injuries: 1. Low back strain 2. Achilles rupture or Achilles tendinopathy 3. Groin pull 4 ways to reduce injuries 1. Strength train - a proven way to reduce injury 2. A good warm-up - don't just get your heart rate up, do movements that will prepare your [...]
A good squash warm-up should get you mentally and physically prepared for your match. Before you start hitting the ball focus on few key body parts. If your physio has identified an area that needs a little more love (for me it is my ankles) address those in your warm up!
I was fortune it to be able to help out at the PCO squash tournament this past weekend. I set up a table on Saturday and Sunday and helped injured and non-injured players ranging from 16-60 years of age! I used different forms of treatment depending on whether the athlete was preparing for a game or ramping down after a difficult tournament. There were two important lessons for most of the athletes. One: the importance [...]
With the upcoming season fast approaching I have been thinking about what best practices for health I would want to share. I came up with these 5. 1. Build slowly over the next 6 weeks. Don't try to rush back and play 4 games in 1 week. Mix it up - gym, fitness, game, drills, rest. If you play 5 games, finish it there, have a stretch and allow your body to rebuild for your [...]
The dreaded heel pain. For any avid runner, or on-court athlete, you will probably deal with this injury at sometime in your life. In recent years there has a been a plethora of good research published on the different types, causes of, and treatment for achilles tendonopathy. Below is a summary of what you need to know. 1. Achilles tendonopathy is rarely an inflammatory response, hence why the conventional rest and anti-inflammatory drugs do not [...]
In 2014 I ran a series of on court group fitness classes. No weights, just balance, mobility and speed, all key components of squash performance. Whether you are trying to improve in a sport or in business you need to put in time practicing specific skills. To get better at squash time should be spent working on your racquet skills, your foot work, and your conditioning. To truly get better at these components we must do [...]
Squash is a great game because it requires aspects of endurance, speed, agility, flexibility, durability, and game sense. In the off season when we take a break from working on our drop shots it is time to focus on the physical aspects of the game. It is tempting to want to focus solely on cardiovascular conditioning but this will get you only so far. Injury rates are high (because of the repetitive and uni-lateral nature [...]