2015 August

Making The Shift

By Peter Nicol   The player recently that has made the most dramatic rise in the world rankings is Miguel Angel Rodriquez. Up until just a short time ago, Miguel was an exceptional squash player but had not made the progress into the very top of the sport. I would love to hear from Miguel […]

Sports Nutrition Strategies: Reduce Your Risk of Injury on the Court

By Candace H. Chemtob, MS, RD, LD, CSSD Squash injuries are more common than you might think. A study of 155 players in New York City found an injury rate of 44.5%. Of those injuries, almost half required two weeks recovery time (Am J Sports Med, 1981). The highest “risk” players are novices and players […]

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Fundamentals and How Simple isn’t Always Easy

By Richard Millman Sir Conan Doyle’s great detective Sherlock Holmes was wont to use his favorite throw away line: ‘Elementary, my dear Watson!’ on occasions when his sidekick finally understood how Holmes had solved the crime, or mystery, of the day. And yet Holmes’ reasoning wasn’t entirely obvious. So what did Holmes mean by ‘Elementary?’ […]

Hey Ref! An ‘Official’ Q&A

By Barry Faguy HEY REF! It really gets on my nerves when I have an opponent who takes too long between rallies, either to serve, or to receive serve—especially if they obviously need to catch their breath. I’ve only been told by players that, unlike for tennis, squash does not specify the allowable time to […]

Taking Time Away From Competition

By Damon Leedale-Brown, sports scientist & conditioning specialist The increasing move towards year-round competition schedules and early specialization in youth sports contradicts the majority of research that warns of the risks associated with such an approach for most young athletes (burnout, overuse injury, plateaus in athletic development, losing the love of the game, etc.). Combine […]

Squash—Otherwise Known as Physical Chess

By Gilly Lane, U.S. national coach People often refer to the sport of squash as a game of physical chess. You are constantly trying to out-think your opponent on the go. While the sport of squash is a gladiatorial battle between two players, often the toughest battle is the one that lies between their ears. […]

2015 Technifibre Squash Racquets

By Pierre Bastien, squash equipment blogger at squashsource.com Ah, summer. While things can be a bit slow around the squash courts during the warmer months, it’s an exciting time in the squash equipment world, because this is when many brands release their new racquets for the upcoming season. In this article we’ll take a look at […]

Pan American Games—Medals of Every Hue

By Chris McClintick Photos by Paige Stewart   “In an indifferent Toronto, the Pan Am Games Land With a Thud,” read a headline in The New York Times one day before the quadrennial Games’ opening ceremony. Earlier that week, Toronto’s Mayor John Tory even voiced frustration with his city’s lacking reception of the games. “I […]

Catalina Pelaez Shares Her Experience of Explosion at Club El Nogal

On February 7, 2003, a terrorist bomb exploded at Club El Nogal, Bogota’s leading squash club. Thirty-six people were killed and more than 200 were wounded, including Catalina Pelaez. It was a normal Friday. I woke up and went to school and then I went to my club to play squash. Around 7pm, my mother […]