Coaching Squash Nutrition is not Rocket Science

There is a lot of nutrition misinformation floating about the squash world.  It is the responsibility of coaches to encourage responsible nutrition on the part of their squash players.  What a squash coach needs is a few trusted tools and resources. I have been teaching basic nutrition to coaches and college undergraduates since 1992 – my qualifications being the academic preparation I received during my BPHE and M.A. in Physical Education – in addition to attending numerous racquet-sport specific nutrition workshops, and the reading of hundreds of nutrition articles (from trusted sources) to stay current and up-to-date.

Here are my top 3 current tools/resources:

  1. Especially with the shortening of the length of squash matches due to the move to PAR scoring, following basic rules of nutrition will satisfy the needs of 90% of squash players (vegetarians and vegans need to do a little more work).  The U.S. Mypyramid site contains most of the information a squash coach will need.
  2. Sign up for the Coaching Association of Canada’s Sport Nutrition Newsletter – the occasional e-mails are a great prompt for coaches to stay current of any changes (and there are not really that many).
  3. Concerned with maintaining your playing weight in the off-season?  Lose It! is a great free iPhone app that can help a coach track their nutritional intake and weight maintenance/loss.  The visual feedback (graphs updated daily) on goal progress are a big advantage over handwritten tools:

Application for Squash Coaches:

  1. Discourage the adoption of untested (and often expensive) nutritional fads by your athletes.
  2. Stay up to date with reputable nutritional resources.
  3. Be a good nutritional role model.

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