Instruction

The Value of Mental Skills Training and Assessment

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach, www.pillars4performance.com “In the sports arena I would say there is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.” —Venus Williams One of the main reasons why I started Pillars4Performance was to educate people on the benefits of training their […]

Navigating the Mental Game: Enhancing Peak Performance in Squash Through Mindfulness

by Eric Zillmer & Madeline Barlow Drexel University Sports Performance Center Squash has specific features that set it apart from other sports. It is very fast, with the squash ball travelling upward of over 100 mph. Your brain must be trained to make instant decisions; the successful competitive squash player must be able to refocus […]

Finding Your Focus

By Amy Gross, Peak Performance & Mental Coach, www.pillars4performance.com “Each point I play is in the now moment. The last point means nothing, the next point means nothing.” — Billie Jean King World-class athletes strive to achieve laser-like focus. They live for performances where they’re so dialed in that nothing else exists but them and […]

Weak Links: Armoring the Ankle for Squash

By AJ Lamb, MS, CSCS, PES, supervisor and senior exercise physiologist of Zarett Rehab & Fitness and Joe Zarett, physical therapist and founder of Zarett Rehab & Fitness In 2001 a systematic review concluded that 32-58% of all squash injuries occur in the lower extremity. The most frequently injured joint is the ankle (13% to […]

Zarett Rehab & Fitness: Cool It

By AJ Lam, MS, CSCS, PES supervisor & senior exercise physiologist at Zarett Rehab & Fitness and Joseph Zarett, physical therapist and founder of Zarett Rehab & Fitness Post-exercise cooldown is an effective strategy to enhance recovery. All too often athletes find themselves rushing to the showers after a session because they have not allotted […]

Power of Positivity: The Advantages of Positive Self-Talk

By Bailey Bondy, toughminds.net “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you’re right.” —Henry Ford Positive thinking is one of the many important tools to have in your toolbox, and one that can always be sharpened. There are many ways in which one can become more positive, but one of the most effective […]

Double Down

by Amanda Sobhy Most of you know me as a professional singles player. However, what you may not know is that I love to play doubles. No, I’m not talking about doubles on a singles court. I am talking about good old-fashioned North American hardball doubles. I first learned the game when I was growing […]

Zarett Rehab & Fitness: Workout of Champions

By AJ Lamb, MS, CSCS, PES, Senior Exercise Physiologist & Joseph Zarett, Physical Therapist, Founder of Zarett Rehab & Fitnes In the late fall of 2016, two of the world’s most elite squash players, Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy, came to our clinic seeking guidance. Both athletes had become familiar with Zarett Rehab & Fitness the […]

My Grandmother’s Teacups

By Richard Millman For many years now, I have subscribed to the notion that hitting a squash ball with a squash racquet is only rarely a good idea. The contact between your racquet and the ball should be a thing of delicate, intimate and extraordinarily sensitive detail. To achieve this, several areas need to be […]