What to do with a break in the squash season

As the winter break approaches it is important to consider how to use this time to best improve your game and physical health. First things first. Reflect on your first half of the season. What went well. What needs work? What are you hoping for in the second half of the season? What does time permit during the busy winter schedule? Is their a nagging injury you need to address? Once you have completed the [...]

By | 2019-01-15T19:05:25+00:00 December 15th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

In Season Squash Fitness Reflection

In my last post I discussed the transition to in-season training. Most squash BC players are now six weeks into their season. Don’t wait until the new year to reflect, do it now. How is your training going? What can you improve? Are you focusing on the right things? With these questions in mind lets run through ideas for training from a fitness and squash lens. Are you training enough to meet the demands of [...]

By | 2018-12-05T17:32:36+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Education, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Squash warm #1

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 [...]

By | 2015-05-04T19:01:35+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Squash Warm-up #2

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!

By | 2015-05-04T19:00:34+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Daily Fitness Habits

Over the last few months I have spent a large amount of time thinking about how people can stay healthy and move better without disrupting their day and putting added pressure on already busy schedules. As a physiotherapist, unlike most other medical professionals, we pride ourselves on empowering our clients to get better using their own skills in conjuction with our guidance. Our goal is to create windows of opportunity through manual therapy techniques so [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Education, My thoughts|1 Comment

FAQ – Pre-season training for squash

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 [...]

By | 2015-05-04T19:07:47+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Health questions answered, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Squash – on court fitness 2014

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:01+00:00 March 15th, 2014|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: Training for squash

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:01+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Health questions answered, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

Lessons from the tournament

This one is for all the squash players out there! This was my first tournament in a year and it was a great learning experience. I wanted to share my three take aways from the weekend. 1. Like any sport a players ability to study his opponent has a significant impact on the result. My inexperience and my opponents ability to find my weaknesses was very evident over the four days. 2. You can always [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:01+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments