Category: Performance

Hangovers and Squash Performance

1st February 2024
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However dedicated you are to your squash and training, most people still like to partake in the occasional late-night social event! The morning-after consequences of a night of revelry can have a significant impact on your squash however – in this blog, we’ll delve into the effects of a hangover on sporting performance, and explore strategies to mitigate its detrimental impact.

 

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New SquashTV Documentary Out Now: The Raging Bull

16th January 2024
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Exclusive Documentary on SquashTV is out now!

Covering The Rise Of ‘The Raging Bull: Mostafa Asal’, The Third Youngest World No.1 After Jahangir And Jansher Khan.

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Ali Farag on His Mental approach, Life on Tour, and Overcoming Challenges

5th December 2023
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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with current World Number One, Ali Farag. Ali’s someone I have a huge amount of respect for, and who I always enjoy speaking with, his wisdom goes beyond the squash court and it’s always fascinating to understand more about how he approaches adversity both inside and out of the four walls. 

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Physiological Changes in Masters Athletes

23rd November 2023
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Ageing is an inevitable process that affects us all, and that applies equally to both active and sedentary individuals. While squash players and other athletes are not exempt from the main physiological changes associated with ageing, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and modifying your training can go some way to buffering certain aspects of the ageing process and help mitigate its effects

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the major physiological changes that are encountered as we age, and see what can be done to best challenge them.

 

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How does ageing affect your squash?

9th November 2023
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Veterans sport is one of the fastest developing participation categories across the world, with an enormous growth in ‘Masters’ competition in a whole range of sports such as athletics, swimming, and cycling.

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Mastering Masters Squash

8th November 2023
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“It isn’t possible to play better squash at 55, than at 35, right?” WRONG! It is certainly possible, and in fact, very likely if you focus on a few key factors. Read on to learn what they are, and what you can do to keep improving as you get older.

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3 Key Training Tips For Masters Squash Players

1st November 2023
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Squash is an extremely fast-paced, high-energy sport, which can place a great deal of strain on the body. This short, intense nature coupled with the frequent twists, turns, and lunges of a rally, makes it a game that can unfortunately present quite a high injury risk.

This risk is typically greater for the older player, whose body has more mileage on the clock than their younger counterparts. For this reason, it’s crucially important that veteran players are more diligent and conscientious in their training to help keep them off the physio’s bed, and on the squash court.

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Breathing During Play/Competition

14th February 2023
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Heightening your awareness of your breathing is key! We need to rely way more on nose breathing rather than mouth breathing. 

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The Myth of the ‘Slow Starter’

31st January 2023
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It’s an oft-heard lament of players, that they’re a ‘slow starter’ and are never able to get going right off the bat in their matches. There’s no real physiological reason why slow starting should be a thing however, if a proper pre-match routine is constructed and adhered to.

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Trying vs Effort – The Key To Unlocking Your Full Potential

29th September 2022
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It may not seem much, but there is a vast difference between trying and effort. The two words sound similar and are often interchangeable in sporting contexts and conversations.

But I will argue they are not, and my hope by the end of the blog would be for you to understand the difference between the two words, and ultimately become aware if you are merely trying, or, putting in full effort. And when understood, use this as the key to unlocking your full potential.

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Breathing for Sports Performance

22nd July 2022

Hello, my name is Alexia Clonda.

I am a Breathing, Mindset and Spiritual Coach, Buteyko Breathing Technique Teacher, ThetaHealing Teacher and High-Performance Consultant Squash Coach.

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Accessing A Flow State

23rd May 2022
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Flow can be seen and described as an expression of what you currently know how to do. There is a match and symmetry between your skillset and the challenge that is in front of you. 

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Match or Event Preparation

14th April 2022

I often get asked for the best advice to give players right before a big match or event. The first thing to say is that there is very little physically you should do so close to the big match. You need to trust in what you have done in the previous months and even years. Thinking and praying for a short-term solution will only serve to damage you and likely only serve to add a heavy burden to your mind.

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SquashLevels Officially Launched In Australia

16th March 2022

The world’s most advanced squash rating system, SquashLevels, has teamed up with Squash Australia (SQA) to bring the national squash-playing community together.

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SquashLevels and Squash Australia announce landmark initiative

14th December 2021
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SquashLevels has teamed up with Squash Australia (SQA) to launch an exciting new partnership that aims to bring the squash-playing community together.

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Put It Into Practice: The Knock-Up With Tania Bailey

23rd July 2021
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We’re delighted to welcome Tania Bailey to SquashSkills for the first time this week, with a great new playlist taking a look at the knock-up.

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The importance of testing in squash

7th December 2020
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SquashSkills has teamed up with SquashLevels to devise a brand new testing system that links your test results to your playing level.

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Power Ratings – New from the PSA and SquashLevels

5th October 2020
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This week has seen an exciting announcement from two of our partners that looks to add a new dimension to the professional game.

On October 5th PSA and SquashLevels revealed the launch of the ‘Power Ratings’ which will provide an accurate, up-to-date indication of a pro player’s current form.

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Ghosting at Home: 3 Top Tips To Help Get You Started

23rd April 2020
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Training in the current climate of quarantine and lockdown is extremely difficult. Various bodyweight focused exercises can still be utilised, and restricted space can be adapted to some degree, but getting in any truly squash-specific work is a challenge for many. With a bit of creativity and forethought however, it’s still possible to tailor even very limited training space into an area suitable to provide a taste of the ghosting exercise you’ve no doubt been missing!

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