Damon Leedale-Brown

Single Leg Strength Training for Squash – Part III

by Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In the previous article we looked at two exercises that provide a great starting point for single leg strength training – the split squat, and the one leg bench or ‘Bulgarian’ split squat. They are both considered ‘in place’ exercises in that once the feet are set […]

Single Leg Strength for Squash

By Damon Leeedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Single leg strength is essential to improving speed, balance and movement in squash. Many strength programs place too heavy a focus on double-leg exercises such as squats and leg presses, or other non-functional machine weight exercises such as leg extensions and curls. While squats can provide a great foundation and start point to developing […]

Sports Parents – A Guide From Your Kids

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist As both a coach and parent, the motivation to write this article came from the observations of sports parents’ behavior (good and bad) at squash events and at other sports that my son participates in. I am sure we are all too familiar with the ‘nightmare sports […]

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 […]

Movement

By Damon Leedale-Brown Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist The inspiration for this article came in part from my son and his desire to play ‘squockey’ as part of the warm up for a recent junior clinic session!  Combine my interest in movement development and physical literacy in young athletes, with my concerns that the U.S. […]

The Mind Game—Managing Competition II

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In the previous article we discussed mental preparation in the build up to a match including using the warm up effectively to achieve a goal-orientated/play to win mindset at the start of every match. Let’s now consider areas we can focus on, and mental strategies we can […]

The Mind Game—Managing Competition

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In previous articles we discussed the concepts of ‘Playing to Win’ or ‘Playing Not to Lose’, and ‘Better by Mistake’. Let’s address these concepts as they apply to competition, and consider strategies that can help us become more capable of managing game day emotions and keeping us […]

The Mind Game—Better By Mistake

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In some sports a mistake can be the defining movement between success and failure at the highest level: missing a gate in a ski slalom event; over-rotating on entry in a diving event; falling during a figure skating performance. The good news for squash players is that mistakes […]

The Mind Game—Fear of Failure: Playing to Win or Not to Lose?

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Sport provides a great environment in which we can learn about taking risks, losing with good sportsmanship, and ultimately using our failures or losses to grow as athletes and individuals, and become more successful. However, the fear of failure is often what will keep many people in […]