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My SquashSkills experience - Manuel Martin

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3 things you can do to become a better squash player
  • 18th Oct 2017

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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Don't skip skipping!
  • 16th Oct 2017

Don't skip skipping!

There's a huge range of different fitness tools and devices available now, of a wildly varying degree of use and effectiveness. For squash players though, don't overlook the humble skipping rope!...

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My SquashSkills experience - John Batty
  • 12th Oct 2017

My SquashSkills experience - John Batty

#1 Our new feature over the coming weeks will be reviews from active members of the site! If you'd like to be featured, just get in touch....

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3 top training tips to improve your movement for squash
  • 9th Oct 2017

3 top training tips to improve your movement for squash

To help get you flowing round the squash court like the world’s best players, here are 3 top physical training tips for improving your on court movement....

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Circuit of the Month: October
  • 4th Oct 2017

Circuit of the Month: October

In October's circuit we're focusing on speed and acceleration, using short sprints and rapid changes of direction to help develop your on-court movement....

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How to make sure you have a PERFECT squash season!
  • 28th Sep 2017

How to make sure you have a PERFECT squash season!

To get you prepared for the upcoming squash season, we've put together a guide to help you have the PERFECT season!...

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Your 5-point squash pre-season checklist!
  • 27th Sep 2017

Your 5-point squash pre-season checklist!

With Autumn creeping in and club box competitions and county league team squash kicking back into gear, check out our 5 Point Pre-Season Checklist!...

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Energy Gels for Squash
  • 26th Sep 2017

Energy Gels for Squash

Energy gel carbohydrate supplements are becoming increasingly popular and widespread in sport. How useful are they for the squash player though?...

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3 tips to help you stick to a training programme
  • 19th Sep 2017

3 tips to help you stick to a training programme

Finding it hard to stick to your programme? Check out our 3 top tips to help with training regime adherence!...

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A squash player's guide to tennis elbow
  • 14th Sep 2017

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....

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It's never too late to be a beginner...
  • 12th Sep 2017

It's never too late to be a beginner...

Read this great experiential piece by squash player and SquashSkills member, Henry Huston....

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My experience with SquashSkills: Andy Stevenson
  • 11th Sep 2017

My experience with SquashSkills: Andy Stevenson

Thoughts of squash player and SquashSkills member Andy Stevenson....

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Getting the knack of the knock up for squash!
  • 7th Sep 2017

Getting the knack of the knock up for squash!

Whatever standard or level of competition you play at, the game of squash always begins with a knock-up – 5mins of hitting the ball back n forth with your opponent, 2½mins on each side....

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Sleep disturbance after squash?
  • 17th Aug 2017

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 impact of injury
  • 14th Aug 2017

The impact of injury

Anybody that plays any kind of sport on a regular basis, will at some point very likely have to deal with the issue of injury. Particularly in a sport as physically demanding and dynamic as squash, sudden trauma injuries such as strained muscles....

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A squash players guide to shin splints
  • 2nd Aug 2017

A squash players guide to shin splints

Are you a squash player experiencing pain in your shin? The highly physical nature of such a dynamic sport as squash, means lower body injuries are unfortunately commonplace....

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Sweat on the squash court!
  • 1st Aug 2017

Sweat on the squash court!

Water is an incredibly important element for the function of the body, so losing too much fluid during a game/training session can seriously affect performance and subsequent recovery....

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The 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player
  • 27th Jul 2017

The 4 crucial components of the competitive squash player

To play squash competitively at any level requires a range of different skills and abilities. To really excel though, it’s necessary to garner a deeper understanding of the major elements that blend together to make-up the sport....

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Unstable surface training for squash players
  • 20th Jul 2017

Unstable surface training for squash players

In any large scale commercial gym you're more or less guaranteed these days to see a number of various inflatable balls, foam blocks, wobble boards and other ‘unstable surface' items of training equipment....

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Training for gain, not just pain!
  • 5th Jul 2017

Training for gain, not just pain!

Pain/soreness/tiredness is NOT the best indicator of the quality of a workout – as you strive to progress your athleticism and all the component aspects of ‘fitness', it is best to learn to train smarter, not just harder...

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USA's 1st Community squash club: PCS' story
  • 8th Jun 2017

USA's 1st Community squash club: PCS' story

If you're a squash player or squash coach in the United States, you probably play in a private club, a college or prep school, a fitness facility or on a converted racquetball court....

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When training hots up: Squash performance in the heat
  • 5th Jun 2017

When training hots up: Squash performance in the heat

With Summer in full swing and temperatures rising in many parts of the world, the issue of how to successfully play and train in the heat without fatigue compromising health and performance becomes an important one...

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What is the best 'performance enhancer' for squash?
  • 30th May 2017

What is the best 'performance enhancer' for squash?

Whatever level you play at, the idea that there might be some 'extra edge' available is a pervasive one, and there are a wide variety of tools, devices, and supplements that people use to attempt to improve athletic performance......

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Fitness for squash: Fartlek training
  • 26th May 2017

Fitness for squash: Fartlek training

Looking for a fresh, fun, squash-specific physical session to add to your training? Try some fartlek interval sessions, and reap the benefits of this simple, effective, and highly flexible training method....

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Refuelling after squash: What you need to know!
  • 18th May 2017

Refuelling after squash: What you need to know!

Utilising appropriate nutritional strategies after a tough match or training session is crucial for your body's recovery and subsequent performance. Consuming the correct nutrients immediately afterwards should be a key consideration....

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The benefits of bananas for squash players
  • 10th May 2017

The benefits of bananas for squash players

You often see bananas being eaten courtside by pros during tennis and squash matches, but what benefits do athletes actually get out of eating them?...

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What’s the best squash racket? | A guide to the perfect match
  • 9th May 2017

What’s the best squash racket? | A guide to the perfect match

What’s the best squash racket? Here are six key characteristics including weight, strings, throat shape, beam and grip....

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Types of stretching & flexibility training for squash
  • 28th Apr 2017

Types of stretching & flexibility training for squash

For a lot of people, ‘stretching' or ‘flexibility' brings to mind what is more properly known as ‘static' stretching. There are however a number of different types of stretching and flexibility exercises...

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Bermuda legends of squash - part 1
  • 21st Apr 2017

Bermuda legends of squash - part 1

Peter's experiential piece on The Bermuda Legends of Squash event 2017. Taking place April 18-21 at the BSRA featuring 7 former World Champions in 4 days of explosive exhibition squash!...

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Plyometrics for the squash player
  • 20th Apr 2017

Plyometrics for the squash player

Power training can be of great benefit for the squash player. Plyometric drills are great to include as part of your power training programme, but make sure you choose drills appropriate to your level of conditioning....

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Flexibility for squash - part 2
  • 13th Apr 2017

Flexibility for squash - part 2

In this 2 part article we’ll take a look at the truth behind the generally accepted wisdom of the benefits of flexibility training, and how it all relates back to the squash player. In part 2 we look at flexibility as part of a wider training programme...

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The image of successful squash!
  • 12th Apr 2017

The image of successful squash!

In matches with very closely matched participants, any small advantage gained can potentially provide that crucial edge that is the difference between winning and losing. One of the most popular and oft-utilised sport psychology techniques is Imagery...

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Flexibility for squash - part 1
  • 6th Apr 2017

Flexibility for squash - part 1

In this 2 part article we’ll take a look at the truth behind the generally accepted wisdom of the benefits of flexibility training, and how it all relates back to the squash player. In part 1 we look at flexibility mainly in respect to the warm-up...

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Coaching: Developing young athletes
  • 5th Apr 2017

Coaching: Developing young athletes

We're fortunate to have a tremendously diverse membership here on Squashskills, and included in that are a large number of coaches from all across the globe. We're often asked to feature more content specific to coaches looking for help with their sk......

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Early stage specialisation for junior athletes
  • 29th Mar 2017

Early stage specialisation for junior athletes

For those that coach juniors, or have children of their own that are keen squash players, the question often comes up of ‘How soon should my child specialise in just the one sport'? It's a difficult one, with lots of factors to consider, and it can......

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Compression garments for squash players
  • 23rd Mar 2017

Compression garments for squash players

There are always an interesting variety of ‘performance enhancement’ tools, supplements, and interventions being utilised/promoted by top level athletes, some with more scientific plausibility behind them than others......

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The best squash-specific exercise you've never heard of!
  • 23rd Mar 2017

The best squash-specific exercise you've never heard of!

It's important to maximise your fitness training time. The 'rear foot elevated split squat' or 'Bulgarian split squat' is a great exercise to use to cover a whole range of elements in one simple to learn movement....

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Watch & Learn
  • 16th Mar 2017

Watch & Learn

Watching some of the fabulous live matches at the fantastic Canary Wharf Classic tournament recently, it was great to see a full house of squash-enthusiasts there every night, and particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters there taking in the action....

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Playing like you practice
  • 10th Mar 2017

Playing like you practice

A problem sports psychologists often hear reported by sportspeople of all levels, is an inability to replicate their training performance in a more competitive environment....

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Can squash players benefit from barefoot training?
  • 1st Mar 2017

Can squash players benefit from barefoot training?

Most people spend the vast majority of their day wearing some kind of footwear, which for most working adults will often be some kind of formal shoe or high heel. These shoes are generally hard soled, flat bottomed, and relatively inflexible....

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Utilising coaching theory to develop performance
  • 28th Feb 2017

Utilising coaching theory to develop performance

There is a lot of very interesting literature surrounding the field of learning theory, with a lot of it of great relevance to sports coaches. Indeed, coaching itself is increasingly being treated as more of a science, with its own specific topics of......

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The perils of perfectionism in sport
  • 23rd Feb 2017

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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Laura Massaro on the importance of good nutrition
  • 22nd Feb 2017

Laura Massaro on the importance of good nutrition

Away from the squash court, Laura enjoys yoga and has recently been studying with training provider HFE to help further her knowledge. Don't miss this HFE interview where Laura explores the importance of good nutrition on the road....

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SMART goal-setting for squash players
  • 10th Feb 2017

SMART goal-setting for squash players

The process of ‘goal-setting’ is an extremely useful mental training technique, that can help focus attention and effort when working toward a targeted personal goal....

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Take a deep breath...
  • 3rd Feb 2017

Take a deep breath...

Respiratory muscle training devices – the small plastic apparatus produced by brands such as ‘PowerBreathe' and ‘PowerLung' – has experienced something of a resurgence in recent times, but do they have any value for the squash player?...

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Fitness training specificity for squash players
  • 1st Feb 2017

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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My experience - The counter drop
  • 27th Jan 2017

My experience - The counter drop

Peter Nicol explores his experience with the counter drop throughout his career as a professional squash player. The counter drop is mainly used to stretch the court and make your opponent work hard....

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Utilising shot & ghost drills for squash-specific conditioning
  • 20th Jan 2017

Utilising shot & ghost drills for squash-specific conditioning

To enable our squash conditioning work to be able to maximally enhance our performance, we need to ensure that what we are doing has as much carry over to a match environment as possible....

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10 New Years resolutions to help improve your health and performance
  • 13th Jan 2017

10 New Years resolutions to help improve your health and performance

To help get you on the way with some simple health and fitness targets for 2017, check out our 10 SquashSkills resolutions for improving your on-court physical performance....

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