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

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....

  • Thursday 8th June 2017
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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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Circuit of the Month: June
  • 1st Jun 2017

Circuit of the Month: June

June's 'Circuit of the Month' is a skip and ghost based session, working on developing your squash-specific movement and conditioning ...

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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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Combatting the common cold
  • 12th Jan 2017

Combatting the common cold

For those of us in the northern hemisphere the recent dropping temperatures and shorter days marks the gradual passing of Autumn to Winter, and for those so predisposed it also unfortunately marks the start of what is often termed as 'cold season', t......

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Do you need a New Year detox?
  • 5th Jan 2017

Do you need a New Year detox?

Does a ‘detox' actually do what it claims to do, is there any physiological foundation to it, and perhaps most pertinently for us here at SquashSkills – will it help boost your on-court performance?...

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Danny Massaro - An interview with David Pearson - Part 3
  • 4th Jan 2017

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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End of year reflections
  • 22nd Dec 2016

End of year reflections

As we approach the end of 2016, whether you're continuing to play and train over Christmas or whether you're taking some time out to rest and recuperate, it can be a useful process to take a look back over the past 12 months and evaluate your performance...

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Winter break training
  • 21st Dec 2016

Winter break training

‘Summer Training' is a set fixture on the calendar of athletes from many sports, and squash is no exception. Players of all levels set aside the summer months to really work hard in their squash training – usually most predominantly the physical......

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Circuit training for squash
  • 16th Dec 2016

Circuit training for squash

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

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Limited space training for squash players
  • 9th Dec 2016

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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3 things you can do to become a better squash player
  • 8th Dec 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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Accepting constructive criticism to improve
  • 7th Dec 2016

Accepting constructive criticism to improve

Being able to accept criticism is important for any player looking to improve their squash. In Peter's new blog he explores the fear of failure and how actually admitting failure is needed to achieve success....

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How I use SquashSkills to improve my players
  • 6th Dec 2016

How I use SquashSkills to improve my players

Don't miss this great blog from the Estonian squash coach, Priit Lumi, who uses SquashSkills to help develop his group of over 20 players! If you're also a coach, find out how SquashSkills can help you....

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How does ageing affect your squash?
  • 3rd Dec 2016

How does ageing affect your squash?

Older bodies are less tolerant of the strains of sport, and there is unfortunately no escaping the fact that an age-related decline in performance does occur around the mid-30s. How does this affect the squash player, and what can you do about it?...

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Win the SquashSkills Golden ticket - part two!
  • 2nd Dec 2016

Win the SquashSkills Golden ticket - part two!

This is your chance to win a place on our upcoming SquashSkills coaching camp in January at Yale University, as well as a host of new Salming gear. Simply tell us what the most laughable/funniest excuse you've heard for someone losing a squash match...

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Got (Choc) Milk?
  • 1st Dec 2016

Got (Choc) Milk?

After a tough training session or match, our bodies are often left in a state of depletion – replenishing certain nutrients in this post-exercise period can be crucial in optimising our recovery. Particularly for players competing in tournaments wh......

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Take it slow...
  • 28th Nov 2016

Take it slow...

Today's blog is prompted by a session I ran recently, introducing a couple of good standard u17 junior players to a new speed/agility drill they hadn't done before. It was quite a technical drill, where we were really looking to emphasise focus on th......

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The importance of warming-up for squash
  • 25th Nov 2016

The importance of warming-up for squash

Before any kind of strenuous physical activity, it’s important to ensure that the body is properly warmed-up – particularly now as the days and nights become colder as winter creeps in....

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North American coaching camp 2017
  • 24th Nov 2016

North American coaching camp 2017

The first SquashSkills North American coaching camp takes place on January 21st/22nd at Yale university. Coaches include Peter Nicol, Laura Massaro, Lee Drew, Jethro Binns, Gary Nisbet and Lewis Walters....

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Fitness sessions update - Resistance training for squash
  • 18th Nov 2016

Fitness sessions update - Resistance training for squash

Strength is an area often neglected by the squash player, with outdated connotations of ‘bulk’ and ‘stiffness’ still abounding in the minds of many people. These old stereotypes though, have little to do with modern strength training and how it re...

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Benefits of resistance training for squash - Part 2
  • 11th Nov 2016

Benefits of resistance training for squash - Part 2

There are many advantages to the elite squash player from a properly structured resistance training programme, and a number of these will also be relevant to the amateur club player. In this article, we’ll be looking at optimal session structure......

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3 tips for sports parents!
  • 7th Nov 2016

3 tips for sports parents!

Another excellent feature piece here from Danny Massaro - "To begin my new blog for SquashSkills I want to give you 3 practical TIPS to try out with your child. They are easy to set up and test out. Give them a go; they have worked for many so far..."...

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Benefits of resistance training for squash - Part 1
  • 4th Nov 2016

Benefits of resistance training for squash - Part 1

There are many advantages to the elite squash player from a properly structured resistance training programme, and a number of these will also be relevant to the amateur club player. In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the main benefits......

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