Three Things Every Squash Player Needs To Do
When it comes to putting together an optimal performance on the squash court, it’s important to consider what needs to happen before, during, and after a match. This is something we focus on at the International Squash Academy, which provides top squash training for players of all ages and ability.
Squash is obviously a very physical sport, but it’s also a mental sport – especially since this is mostly a solo sport. Your every move on the court directly impacts whether you’ll win or lose the match you’re participating in. That kind of pressure can be stressful, which is why our camp directors and coaches spend a lot of time at our New York Squash Camps dissecting analysis and strategy to help ease some of that pressure.
When it comes to the physical side of the sport, we help campers either learn or continue to hone a number of skills, including serves, grip, drops, boast, drives, lobs, court movements, swing mechanics, forehand and backhand, rules and marking, serves, and even refereeing. All of this stuff is wonderful, but what should be happening after a match? Just as it’s important to get your body in the best possible condition and position to succeed prior to a match, your preparation for the next one starts right when the previous one is complete.
Depending on how much time you have between your next match or training session will determine exactly how you should go about helping your body recover. However, there are three general R’s or recovery when it comes to being a successful squash player, which we’ll touch on below.
Following strenuous activity on the squash court – whether we’re talking about practice or a match – it’s important to do a short cool down in order to bring your body back to normal. There isn’t a huge physical benefit to spending a ton of time cooling down, so only spending a couple minutes of some sort of light activity, like jogging, might help in returning your circulation to its normal state.
Regardless of whether we’re talking about a tough match or training session, squash players use up a lot of energy. When there’s a bunch of heavy sweating going on, that also means there’s a large volume of fluid leaving the body that needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Doing so not only helps you recover faster, but it also provides you with the training benefits much faster.
There’s typically a roller coaster of emotions that squash players can go through during any given match, but especially hard-fought ones that have a lot riding on them. Your thoughts and feelings on what exactly what down can change quite drastically as you continually get further away from any particular match, so it’s a good idea to make a couple of notes immediately following your match. It allows you the opportunity to dissect every bit of a match as much as you can, and depending on the situation, maybe you can even discuss the match with the person you were playing against, too.