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Overuse Syndrome

By Joseph Zarett [Editors Note: We were talking with a number of players at the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open who told us stories about their positive experiences working with Zarett Rehab & Fitness. With the permission of two players, we asked founder Joseph Zarett to explain what specifically they had been working on.] Professional […]

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Achilles Injury: Prevention

By Jeremy Mayer, US Squash National Team Sports Physiologist The Achilles tendon represents the conjoined tendons of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, made up of “strands” of fiber-like proteins called collagen. When the Achilles is compromised, these collagen fibers can become ruptured. This is normally a […]

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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 […]

A frequent example of a player struggling to maintain a positive goal-oriented mindset happens after a perceived bad refereeing decision or period of bad play---with outbursts like players hitting themselves or throwing their racquets. Try countering these negative reactions into positive statements to help turn things around

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 […]

Critical to the development of an athlete in sports is accepting that making mistakes is part of the learning process. The key is to foster an environment in which making errors, whether in practice or during competition, presents learning opportunities rather than being viewed as failures that warrant "punishment"—like having to do court sprints. "Positive errors"—those made when trying new things or practicing shots—are essential to improvement.

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 […]

On the verge of losing, down 10-8 in the fifth game of the 2009 British Open final, Nick Matthew (right) flipped a switch. Instead of remaining in a "prevention mentality" mode, he began attacking relentlessly in a "gain mentality" approach that ultimately carried him to a 12-10 win over James Willstrop.

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 […]

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Gluten-Free: Diet or Fad?

By Candace Chemtob With “A-list” movie stars, and nearly one third of Americans decreasing or completely eliminating gluten (Huffington press, 2013), why is “everyone” on this diet? And what is gluten? Gluten is a latin word meaning glue and is found mainly in wheat, barley, and rye. It is a naturally occurring protein that gives […]

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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 […]

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Yoga & Squash

By Peter Nicol I tend to have a short attention span when it comes to my physical conditioning—focusing day-to-day and/or week-by-week with my preparation and recovery. I was not always this way; when I was a professional my regime was long-term, unwavering, and there was always plenty of time allocated to training. However, since I now spend my time focused […]