Facts on Squash Injuries
How many squash players?
More than 300,000 people play either squash or its cousin, racquetball, across Australia.
Squash is a great way for people to increase their fitness and for children to improve their hand and eye coordination. But alas, as it is a high impact sport with players required to move quickly around the court whilst maintaining control over ball placement, injuries can and do occur.
How many injuries?
In the general population, squash injuries come in at 18 for every 1,000 of participation.
Interestingly, the hospitalisation rate is higher for men in the 45 to 54 years age group.
Safety tips for squash
To keep injury-free players can:
- Always warm up, stretch and cool down.
- Maintain an adequate fitness level. Undertake specific conditioning and training exercises that simulate squash practices (ie. acceleration, deceleration, twisting, turning, and stretching).
- Seek instruction from a qualified coach to develop adequate skills and good game technique, particularly court positioning and swinging the racquet safely.
- Maintain equipment in good condition. Keep racquets in good repair and change grips regularly.
- Never enter a court during play – knock and wait for players to acknowledge you.
- Wear eye protection that meets Australian standards during all games – prescription glasses, work safety glasses and open/lensless eye guards are not suitable. For further information on eye protection visit www.squash.org.au.
- Do NOT take up squash to get fit, particularly if you have been inactive for a while. Good physical fitness is required to play this sport.
This last point is worth emphasising. Squash injuries are more likely to happen to participants who are not fit before they begin playing the sport. One way of improving your over all fitness and flexibility is by using a rowing machine. If you’d like to know about some of the benefits a rowing machine can give you for a range of sports, you can read more here.
If you’d like an indication of the fitness and coordination that it takes to be an elite player of this sport, watch this.