Common Squash Stretches
Considering some of the common injuries associated with the sport of squash, here are a few to work on as you prepare for the upcoming tournament this weekend.
Hip flexibility – A common side effect to doing 100’s of lunges is tight, overactive glute muscles. An effective stretch for the hip region is the piriformis stretch (Below Left), which targets the internal hip muscles that act as a hammock for the hip and assist larger muscles in movement. This one you may have heard it referred to as thread the needle.
Another good hip stretch that will also target lateral hip muscles including the illiotibial band is in a similar position with the leg bent and hugging the knee toward the chest (Above Right).
Shoulder flexibility – Large deltoid muscles can be stretched by bringing the arm across the body with shoulder blade back and down (Below Left).
A great stretch for the rotator cuff muscles and smaller stabilizers of the shoulder is the arm wrestle (Above Right). Lying down on your side with elbow level with shoulder height, press your arm down toward the ground.
These just tend to be two regions of the body that become overactive and fatigued from playing squash, but there are many more to address and the body should be treated as a whole.