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Learn to develop your own patterns of play

Learn to develop your own patterns of play

Peter Nicol explains some of his favourite patterns of play to use on a squash court in this free blog....

  • Friday 27th May 2016
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Plyometrics for the squash player
  • 26th May 2016

Plyometrics for the squash player

Plyometric training for the squash player....

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Calling all squash fans, follow our social channels!
  • 25th May 2016

Calling all squash fans, follow our social channels!

Squash players, fans, coaches, even clubs, make sure you're following our social media channels for daily tips, information, clips and advice!...

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Can chocolate be a healthy snack for the squash player?
  • 20th May 2016

Can chocolate be a healthy snack for the squash player?

A couple of weeks ago here on the SquashSkills blog we looked at the ‘benefits of beetroot’, and how it has the potential to boost physical performance – perfect for squash players looking for an extra edge on court. Another food that has recently b...

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The key to hitting consistently
  • 18th May 2016

The key to hitting consistently

For squash players, body position and balance are incredibly important factors when it comes to hitting good quality shots consistently....

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3 things you can do to become a better squash player
  • 13th May 2016

3 things you can do to become a better squash player

Every squash player is always looking to improve their game in the shortest time possible. Don't miss these quick tips on some crucial elements of your training....

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Defending in the front forehand
  • 13th May 2016

Defending in the front forehand

In squash you need to be able to hit off both legs in all areas of the court. You can improve your defensive options in the front corner by developing the ability off your right leg....

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How stress can affect your squash performance
  • 12th May 2016

How stress can affect your squash performance

A long tiring or stressful day at work can have many implications on your squash. Mental stresses and strains on your state of mind, can cause your squash performance to be sluggish or lethargic....

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Move effectively through the middle of the squash court
  • 9th May 2016

Move effectively through the middle of the squash court

In squash we often focus on movement patterns to the front and back of the court, rather than concentrating on general movement around the middle of the court. As with all movement patterns, being prepared is crucial....

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Beetroot's benefits for the squash player
  • 6th May 2016

Beetroot's benefits for the squash player

Beetroot is a vegetable that's packed with benefits, and which can potentially boost athletic performance. It's also a great source of antioxidants, proven to lower blood pressure, improve general blood flow, and help reduce the risk of heart disease....

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A simple guide to squash racket restringing
  • 4th May 2016

A simple guide to squash racket restringing

If you need to restring your squash racket and you're looking for a simple guide, look no further. Proper squash racket stringing can make a huge difference to the way a racket performs....

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Squash workshop with David Pearson
  • 29th Apr 2016

Squash workshop with David Pearson

Join David Pearson and the SquashSkills team of coaches for a weekend squash coaching camp in Harrogate in June....

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Does jogging have any benefits for squash players?
  • 27th Apr 2016

Does jogging have any benefits for squash players?

Many athletes aim to improve their fitness levels by going for a walk, jog or run. But does running or jogging really have any benefits for a squash player?...

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How to refuel after a squash match
  • 27th Apr 2016

How to refuel after a squash match

Utilising proper recovery methods after a tough match or training session is crucial for your body's health and subsequent performance. Consuming the correct nutrients immediately afterwards is one of the most important considerations....

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3 top tips for your squash fitness training
  • 22nd Apr 2016

3 top tips for your squash fitness training

If you're looking to improve your squash specific fitness conditioning don't miss Gary's 3 top tips - they're essentials for your squash training....

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Movement to the back of the squash court
  • 21st Apr 2016

Movement to the back of the squash court

Peter discusses how to create options in the back corners of the squash court when under pressure, and explores the different practices you can do to improve your movement....

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Is wheatgrass juice the ultimate 'superfood'?
  • 15th Apr 2016

Is wheatgrass juice the ultimate 'superfood'?

As a squash player, it’s important to eat a good, well-balanced diet to help promote repair and recovery from your on-court efforts. Does wheatgrass juice have a role to play here?...

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Movement to the front of the squash court
  • 14th Apr 2016

Movement to the front of the squash court

Never underestimate how important your movement and spacing to the front of the court are in squash. Whether you're attacking or defending, your movement patterns are crucial....

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Fitness training with a friend
  • 13th Apr 2016

Fitness training with a friend

Going to the gym with a partner can be a great way of physically pushing yourself. For a squash player looking to improve your fitness this is definitely something you should think about....

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Balance & weight transfer in squash
  • 8th Apr 2016

Balance & weight transfer in squash

Peter discusses movement off of the T, understanding balance, weight transfer & movement patterns in squash....

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The perils of perfectionism in sport
  • 1st Apr 2016

The perils of perfectionism in sport

The quest for perfection can help top athletes push to the very highest levels of their sport. For the squash player though, perfection is virtually impossible to achieve....

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A squash player's guide to tennis elbow
  • 31st Mar 2016

A squash player's guide to tennis elbow

If you've got a sore or painful elbow after playing squash you might be suffering from tennis elbow, a commonly reported injury in racket sports. Lateral epicondylitis to use the medical term, usually starts the morning after sporting activity....

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How to move more effectively on court
  • 29th Mar 2016

How to move more effectively on court

Movement on the squash court is now more random and fragmented than it's ever been before. In this blog Peter talks through the movement patterns he's taught and learned over his career....

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How to select the right shoes for squash
  • 22nd Mar 2016

How to select the right shoes for squash

Choosing the right squash shoes to wear on court is essential to preventing injury and damage to your joints. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and painful blisters, are some of the issues we believe could be prevented by using the correct court shoes....

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Is Kinesio tape functional or fashion?
  • 18th Mar 2016

Is Kinesio tape functional or fashion?

Taping up muscles is a sporting trend that's seen a big increase in popularity in recent years. ‘Kinesio Taping’ is a method of athletic therapy support using coloured tape claimed to brings a number of benefits....

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The backhand diamond squash swing
  • 14th Mar 2016

The backhand diamond squash swing

We look closely at the backhand squash swing and highlight the key teaching points that allow players to get the mechanics of the swing working correctly. The swing shape should roughly resemble a diamond position at the beginning of the movement....

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Fitness training specificity for squash players
  • 11th Mar 2016

Fitness training specificity for squash players

As anybody who has played the sport will surely attest to, getting into the best possible physical condition for your squash can go a long way to ensuring you are able to play at your peak capabilities....

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The 3 R's of recovery after playing squash
  • 9th Mar 2016

The 3 R's of recovery after playing squash

Find out the things you should be doing after a match to best promote recovery in preparation for playing/training the next day, or possibly even later the same day if within a tournament environment....

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A beginner's guide to shin splints
  • 3rd Mar 2016

A beginner's guide to shin splints

The highly physical nature of such a dynamic sport as squash, means injuries are unfortunately commonplace. The stresses and strains placed upon the muscles of the lower body of the squash player, often leaves them particularly susceptible to certain type...

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How to develop ball skill in squash
  • 25th Feb 2016

How to develop ball skill in squash

Now it's clear that ball skill comes more naturally to some than others. However, there is also no doubt in my mind that ball skill can be learned and practiced. The more time spent practicing, the greater the degree of control that the person will gain...

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Resistance training: Compound v Isolation exercises
  • 19th Feb 2016

Resistance training: Compound v Isolation exercises

When putting together a resistance training or weights training programme to include in any fitness training regime, exercise selection is a crucial consideration....

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How you can get the best out of your team
  • 15th Feb 2016

How you can get the best out of your team

There is a certain level of complexity involved with team dynamics in any sport as there are many factors such as personalities, cultures, ages and abilities amongst the set of players. In squash, the team aspect is rather unique. Usually your team consis...

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How SquashSkills can help coaches
  • 29th Jan 2016

How SquashSkills can help coaches

After 2 years of surveys, scoping, building and populating, the new SquashSkills site is fully functioning and looking GREAT!...

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We're teaming up with Salming!
  • 4th Jan 2016

We're teaming up with Salming!

SquashSkills and Salming are delighted to announce that they have signed a partnership deal that brings together two of the most progressive and exciting brands in the squash world....

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Getting the right ‘fit’ for you!
  • 10th Dec 2015

Getting the right ‘fit’ for you!

These are incredibly excited times, with our brand new site launching!...

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Top banana!
  • 4th Dec 2015

Top banana!

Left over banana peels are almost part of the furniture at court side in many clubs, with the bendy yellow fruit becoming as familiar a sight as the usual gels, sports drinks, and other nutritional aids found in players bags. ...

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Getting the best out of juniors
  • 3rd Dec 2015

Getting the best out of juniors

Juniors crave instant gratification for success. In reality, we know it's not always that easy. Unfortunately, for all athletes who work hard to achieve their goals, there are obstacles that must be overcome....

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Caffeine as a performance enhancer?
  • 26th Nov 2015

Caffeine as a performance enhancer?

Although most people are familiar with caffeine and are aware of some of its potential benefits and effects, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions as to its exact uses and functions within the body. Used correctly though, it can be a very usef...

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Interview - Alison Waters
  • 20th Nov 2015

Interview - Alison Waters

After a great 2014/15 season where she was crowned British National Champion and went on to equal her career best world ranking of 3, the start of the 2015/16 season has been frustrating for England's Alison Waters, suffering a serious back injury in the...

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My experience - Using a ball machine in practice
  • 17th Nov 2015

My experience - Using a ball machine in practice

As a professional player I never used the ball machine. My thinking was that hitting with other players or getting fed balls by my coach would be far more useful - more like a gameplay scenario where the ball is coming at different angles....

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An introduction to core training
  • 12th Nov 2015

An introduction to core training

‘Core training' has long been a buzz phrase in fitness circles, with many Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors the World over taking a vague understanding of the concept and running with it, to the point now that much of the original essence and fo...

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The importance of volleying
  • 30th Oct 2015

The importance of volleying

From a tactical perspective I have always believed the volley to be the most powerful way of controlling a game. There are so many nuances within squash that you need to learn but here is a basic fact: the player in front and on the T wins most of the tim...

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My experience - Working with David Pearson
  • 29th Oct 2015

My experience - Working with David Pearson

Seeing David Pearson on the site over the past weeks has brought back so many wonderful memories of our time together. His attention to detail and level of understanding of the mechanics of the swing and movement are so all encompassing, he can spot the m...

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Sleep Disturbance After Squash?
  • 22nd Oct 2015

Sleep Disturbance After Squash?

This week's blog was prompted by a question from a reader regarding difficulties sleeping after having played/trained late in the evening....

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The Marine And The Squashist
  • 16th Oct 2015

The Marine And The Squashist

As I mentioned in one of my last blogs, I have tennis elbow. I'm back playing squash, but I still rehabbing the elbow because I need to make sure the problem doesn't come back. ...

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Working With Junior Athletes - Managing Expectations
  • 8th Oct 2015

Working With Junior Athletes - Managing Expectations

We've looked at some of the aspects relating to the development of junior players here on SquashSkills previously with our blogs on the growth of young players and more general early stage development, and it's a topic that we frequently receive questions...

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Your 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!
  • 1st Oct 2015

Your 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!

We've already been treated to some outstanding early season matches on the PSA tour in the San Francisco and Manchester events, and with Autumn creeping in it's now the turn of dedicated club players up and down the country to start getting back into the...

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Barefoot training
  • 24th Sep 2015

Barefoot training

For the squash player, the ability to move dynamically and efficiently around the court is key. To this end, much of the training that we do to improve our athletic capabilities revolves around various drills and workouts focusing on the muscles of the...

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A Rant In 10 Syllables
  • 22nd Sep 2015

A Rant In 10 Syllables

The Olympics, you've heard of that I'm sure. Hell, they play squash in Kuala Lumpur! They play all over if the truth be told....

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Test your strength!
  • 17th Sep 2015

Test your strength!

A big part of our new site structure, will be the incorporation of a number of different tests for our members to undertake, to really help assess where their individual strengths and weaknesses lay....

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