Damon Leedale-Brown

The Mind Game — Taking Control & Ownership

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist As part of championship preparation squads with the England Junior and Senior Teams we often delivered mental training sessions to players and coaching staff.  One of the key mental aspects addressed was ‘controlling the controllables—how to effectively manage those factors out of or not fully in your […]

The Mind Game — Self-Belief

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist and Conditioning Specialist In a diversion from the usual context of my articles around physical training, I wanted to venture into probably the most critical factor in influencing success in any competitive sporting environment—the mind! Let’s consider one mental attribute that, while not necessarily guaranteeing victory, will at the very least allow you to […]

Deceleration—The Art of Slowing Down, Part 3

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist In this final article on deceleration we will look at a series of exercises that can be integrated into your training to improve your ability to control speed and movement on the squash court. Drop Squat Start standing with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Drop […]

Deceleration – The Art of Slowing Down, Part 2

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Following on from last month, let’s consider some training concepts designed to help improve a player’s ability to decelerate and control speed more effectively on the squash court. A focus on deceleration and movement control can and should be integrated into two on-court training activities that most players and […]

Deceleration—The Art of Slowing Down

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Take time to watch the top players in the world in action and observe how well they are able to control speed and movement onto the ball even when the initial approach has been quick. Their skill in making this look relatively easy is linked to their […]

Strength Training and the Young Athlete—Part III

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Following on from last month’s issue let us look at a series of strength exercises that would provide a good starting point for any young squash player’s first introduction to strength training. I have chosen exercises that help develop a strong foundation in technique, and en- courage […]

Strength Training and the Young Athlete – Part II

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist Continuing on from last issue’s theme of strength training and the young athlete, let’s consider common questions including: what age to start; how much should they do and what structure should be followed; what exercises to include, etc? What age to start? Although there is essentially no […]

Strength Training for Juniors

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist & Conditioning Specialist A topic raising regular concerns and uncertainties for parents of young athletes is weight training. I am often approached by parents with questions or statements along the lines of: ‘I think my child needs to get stronger but have heard that strength training can be dangerous’; ‘Other […]

Getting to ONE

By Damon Leedale-Brown, Sports Scientist &Conditioning Specialist In this edition I wanted to share with the readers an article that was written for the Tournament of Champions event brochure in January this year following an interview I had with Beth Rasin—the associate tournament director. The article was simply titled “Getting to ONE”: What does it […]