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Physical preparation for elite level squash players

monitoring, assessment and training practises for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Gibson, Neil1; Bell, Paul2; Clyne, Alan2; Lobban, Greg2; Aitken, Lisa2; Gibbon, Katrina1,2

doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000449
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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 elite level squash players 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 centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

2Scottish Squash, Oriam, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Corresponding Author: Neil Vernon Gibson, MSc Oriam: Scotland's sports performance centre Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM

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