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Physical Preparation for Elite-Level Squash Players

Monitoring, Assessment, and Training Practices for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Gibson, Neil MSc1; Bell, Paul BSc2; Clyne, Alan B.Ed2; Lobban, Greg BSc2; Aitken, Lisa2; Gibbon, Katrina BSc1,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 3 - p 51–62
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000449
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ABSTRACT SQUASH IS AN INTERMITTENT, HIGH-INTENSITY RACQUET SPORT THAT IS PLAYED GLOBALLY; HOWEVER, LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF MATCH PLAY AND TRAINING FOLLOWING RECENT RULE CHANGES. IN THIS ARTICLE, WE REVIEW THE CURRENT LITERATURE REGARDING THE DEMANDS OF COMPETITION, HOW TRAINING LOAD IS MONITORED, AND ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS USED TO QUANTIFY PHYSICAL CAPACITY IN ELITE-LEVEL PLAYERS. USING DATA FROM THIS POPULATION, WE IDENTIFY APPROACHES TO THE MONITORING OF TRAINING LOAD AND PHYSICAL CAPACITY ALONG WITH IDENTIFYING ON-COURT PHYSICAL PREPARATION TRAINING OF USE TO THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH.

1Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Center, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; and

2Scottish Squash, Oriam, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Address correspondence to Neil Gibson, n.gibson@hw.ac.uk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Neil Gibsonis Director of Sport, Performance and Health at Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre.

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Paul Bellis the National Coach of Scottish Squash.

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Alan Clyneis a professional squash player.

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Greg Lobbanis a professional squash player.

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Lisa Aitkena professional squash player.

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Katrina Gibbonis a Sport Scientist at Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre.

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