The importance of recovery and regeneration for hard training squash players has been known for years. My 1987 Squash Canada Level 4 Course featured a Task with that very name: Recovery and Regeneration. A sport scientist held a discussion session on the use of stretching, hot and cold therapies, massage, sleep and relaxation techniques to facilitate recovery.
One of the recovery techniques that was not mentioned in those days, but that has become a very hot item, is the use of foam rollers for self massage and myofascial release. I have integrated their use into my own and my team’s workout routine over the last 3-4 months, and if I was playing tournaments I am sure the roller would be immensely beneficial – and a lot cheaper and more convenient to implement than massage.
Here are four excellent short videos that feature foam rolling techniques that are perfectly suited to the demands of squash. Read the rest of this entry »