Playing squash: benefits and contraindications

May 2017

Squash playing: benefits and disadvantages



First appeared in Pakistan at the beginning of the 20th century, squash is one of the most practiced sports in the world. A highly skilled sport, it requires an excellent physical condition and can be practised from an early age.

Benefits of squash


  • Develops flexibility, speed and fast reflexes;
  • Improves resistance: repeated bursts of acceleration, intense activity and fast recovery;
  • Stimulates the cardiac muscle;
  • Increases endurance capacities.

Disadvantages


These are mainly cardio-vascular in nature: the intensity of the exchanges and the repeated accelerations and decelerations increase the cardiac and arterial pressure. From the age of 40 onwards, it is necessary to carry out an Effort Test for the heart to ensure the absence of any cardiac problems. Since the game is played in an closed room, a person who suffers from claustrophobia might do better to avoid this sport.

Principal pathologies


Their effects are mainly at the level of the joints and muscles:
  • Pains in the shoulder and in the elbows;
  • Back problems;
  • Sprains on the knee and the elbow;
  • Cramps, strains, tendinitis;
  • Cardiac problems due to ignoring the warning signs.

Useful advice

  • Choose carefully your equipment: racquets and shoes.
  • Practice other endurance sports in parallel.
  • Give yourself an extended warming up period.
  • During a match, set aside extra time for recuperating and drink abundantly.

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