How to prevent injury in squash

Squash. It is the fastest and furious racket sport which demands the use of your entire body (table tennis would no doubt either be on par with, or surpass, squash in this regard should we not take such a limited definition...). These two factors combine with damaging effect - such makes it perhaps the most injury-inducing racket sport out there. Fortunately, such a thing as damage control exists, and applies even to the most hopeless of cases. Rovo prevents to you in this blog article some tips on how you could maintain your squash-playing pleasures without sacrificing your precious body, longer than you naturally can. Read on!

Stretching

We have to start with the most obvious and general, for it is always the obvious and general which, masking their critical importance given the unfortunate law of nature which dictates that we only pay attention to what is scarce, gets neglected.

Hydration

Again, for put down here for the reasons written above. Drink, drink, drink plenty of water before, during and after your sessions. We recommend that on squash days you drink 12 glasses of water rather than the usual 8.

DO NOT skip warm-ups and cool-downs

This advice (or rather, warning) is much less general than it seems. Doing the proper warm-ups and cool-downs, while obligatory and perhaps also effectively perfunctory in a lot of other sports, is especially crucial for the well-being of a regular squash player. This is due to the twists, turns, stretches, and lunges demanded of a squash player, to an extent unique to the sport. As proof of how much more intense squash is: a squash player typically burns double the amount of calories burnt by a tennis player playing SINGLES.

Set aside some days for rest

Again, this advice is much less general than it seems. The physical intensity of the sport (compared to others like say, table tennis, or even tennis) means that rest days to recover your body from the playing strain is much more critical.

DO NOT play when injured

Yes, squash is so much genuine fun (a rarity these days), and the sense of restlessness which typically comes from not being in action on the squash court would typically infuse in one the urge to play in spite of your 'physical disabilities'. Fight this urge, we advice you.

Invest in some good kit

Proper kits are not just about the quality of feel, or the quality of its looks, but also for the quality of its injury prevention. Although it would be tempting to play squash with the attire of other sports - for instance, tennis shoes are a popular option - the implications of neglecting sporting sartorial decorum are more severe than meets the eye, or touches the body. For instance, one of the functions of a pair of squash shoes is to protect the user's feet, by reducing friction and reducing the risk of blisters or sprains

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