Did you know that being flexible is a key building block for a healthy body and a strong squash game?
We all know that the fitter you are the harder you can push yourself. This is why a lot of squash players don’t give much time to flexibility and give more towards cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength as a result.
But, being flexible is important beyond being fit and preventing injuries. Having a good range of motion is a massive asset. Sitting at a desk all day can create short, tight postural muscles. Working on your flexibility can reverse this and reduce the risk of back and neck pain. It also helps you to avoid muscle strains and tweaks associated with the lunging, reaching and twisting on a squash court.
Flexibility is important and can be safely achieved with a full warm-up and dynamic stretching prior to squash and static stretching post-match. You should stretch to the point of tension, not pain. Hold static stretches for at least 30 seconds and don't bounce the stretch.
Once you commit to working on your flexibility you’ll see the benefits. Having a limber body improves your squash game, reduces your risk of injury, makes everyday life more comfortable and contributes to your general health and wellbeing.