Common Squash Injuries
This article has been
written by Sally Ann Quirke – a Chartered Physiotherapist.
Find more detailed information on sports injury prevention and
management at www.managebackpain.com
Squash injuries are quite different to the other sports injuries
that I see on a daily basis in my physiotherapy practice. Commonly,
squash injuries result both from the intensity of the twist and
the repetition of the twist of your spine involved in squash.
In simple words if your spine is stiff in the twist, or your arm
or leg is stiff the force of the squash stroke – this can
often result in strain to the stiffened area. The end result is
The most common injuries that I see are:-
This usually occurs as a result of the forceful twist involved
in the squash stroke. If you are stiff or have not warmed
up well then your mid back is at a greater risk of being strained.
The mid back pain you experience can be as a result of a joint,
ligament, disc or muscle strain. It is usually severe and
sudden in onset.
The treatment for mid back strain involves removing the cause
firstly. Then, physiotherapy will help resolve the inflammation
and movement dysfunction associated with your injury. Finally,
strength exercises will help prevent your injury from occurring
Which usually occurs from over-straining your shoulder during
your squash stroke. Again, if you do not have the flexibility
or strength required for the stroke, injury to your shoulder
Prevention of shoulder injuries is very important in squash.
This involves simple postural and strength exercises to help
prepare your shoulder for the squash stroke. Seek physiotherapy
advice for the prevention and treatment of squash related
injuries. A few simple daily exercises may save you from months
of injury and no play!
- Calf strain.
This usually results from sudden force on the calf from an awkward,
or inefficient, squash stroke. It can also occur due to a lack
of warm up before play! It feels like someone has hit you with
a racquet in the leg. It requires immediate ice and subsequent
- Wrist strain.
Which results from poor stroke technique and weak wrist muscles.
If your technique is not correct then too much stress may be
placed on your wrist resulting in breakdown and injury. Learn
your sport correctly from the outset and if your technique is
not good seek a professional’s advice. It will be worth
it in the long-term!
This article has been written by Sally Ann Quirke – a Chartered
Find more detailed information on sports injury
prevention and management at www.managebackpain.com
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