Circuit of the month: February

In our SquashSkills ‘Circuit of the Month’ series, we give you a brand new squash-specific conditioning session each month to help boost your physical training. For February’s circuit we’re focusing on the crucial elements of balance and stability, using a variety of static holds, slow controlled movements, and core exercises.

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UK Coaching camp 2018 – Birmingham

On February 24th and 25th we head back to Edgbaston Priory for a new SquashSkills camp focused on straight hitting with David Pearson, Jesse Engelbrecht, Gary Nisbet and myself (Jethro Binns).

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How mental fatigue can affect your squash performance

Squash is a tough enough sport as it is, never mind when your evening game/training session has been preceded by a long day at the office. Just about every player at every level will have at one time or another blamed a loss on work/social/family stresses while lamenting their poor performance, but is there any actual real evidence to support the validity of this oft-used ‘excuse’?

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End of year reflections – 2017

For those squash players keen to hit the ground running in 2018, we’ve got a great selection of fitness tests, exercises and programmes on the site for you!

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Circuit training for squash

Circuits can work particularly well in a group setting for squash players and multiple stations can be set-up within the confines of a court with participants swapping between working and resting

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Squash tactics: Learn how to read the game

If you’re looking to improve your tactical awareness and anticipation on the squash court this is the blog for you!

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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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My SquashSkills experience – David Taylor

The nuances to proper stroke, court positioning and other technique as well as game play tactics that come from the content SquashSkills provides is invaluable

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My SquashSkills experience – Garry Irwin

I’m having the most successful Pennant season in a long while and have also been very successful in the past two Australian Championships at my level

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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 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 SquashSkills experience – Manuel Martin

My 8 year old son is a beginner that loves squash. We started playing regularly a year ago. I played many years ago but I have no coaching experience whatsoever. We watched a lot of videos on YouTube but for the most part the content and production quality varies a lot and it is very time consuming to find help in specific areas of the game (i.e. specific shots, drills or speed/conditioning).

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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 on from the many coaches and parents amongst our members.

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Limited space training for squash players

With a bit of creativity, sessions working on the major physical elements such as power, endurance, and stability can all still be carried out when space and equipment is confined.

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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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Technical vs Outcome driven sessions

As a player I was driven first and foremost about the outcome of a shot and by extension, the rally. As a coach I have to stop myself getting too caught up in the technical aspects of the game and allow the players I teach to find ways to achieve the…

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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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Danny Massaro – An interview with David Pearson – Part 3

The long awaited third instalment of an interview from Danny Massaro’s bestselling book “The Winning Parent” with squash coach to Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro – David Pearson

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What the science says #1

In this new semi-regular feature we’ll be investigating some of the scientific studies that have been done into squash to see ‘what the science says’. Searching through the academic journal databases for research studies performed into major mains…

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Is caffeine an effective performance enhancer for the squash player?

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.

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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 consists of 5,7 or 9 players and you set your lineup after try-outs, challenge matches or rankings.

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