whole body training
We have all seen the positive impact sport science can have on an athlete’s performance. Just look at the British cycle team and the high profile work of Dr Steve Peters who has helped GB secure numerous gold medals. There are a huge network of sports institutes across the UK providing extensive support to help develop strength, agility and the psychological aspects of their chosen sports.
As part of this exciting area of sport, that to date has been under developed in squash, we have been working with a number of partners to make sport science more accessible to our coaches and players. Below you can read about some of the areas that could benefit you and your training.
Strength & Conditioning
A strength and conditioning coach is a fitness and physical performance professional who uses exercise prescription specifically to improve performance in athletic competition. Strength coaches also help athletes with injury prevention and applying proper mechanics within their sports performances.
We have commenced some fantastic work with Phil Green at Become An Athlete. Phil is a Strength and Conditioning coach who is already providing squash specific workshops and programmes for academy members.
Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors.
We are delighted to be able to work with Alma Thomas, BA, MSc. M.Phil who is a world-leading Sports Psychologist and Performance Enhancement consultant. Alma is an Olympic Silver Medal winner in Athletics, she has been the Performance Psychologist to the British Track team at three Olympic Games and World and European Championships and has been the Team Psychologist to British Rugby Union and Rugby League Teams.
We are now able to offer consultations with Alma in order to further develop your squash game. Please contact us for more information regarding this.
Lauren Selby, one of the OTWS Directors is not only a hugely successful coach and ex professional player, she also has a BSc Sports Science degree from Loughborough University and is a qualified sports nutritionist.
Maintaining a strong and healthy athletic performance is more than just a matter of training, practice, and keeping fit. Your body needs support in the form of proper nutrition, hydration and rest in order to keep performing and responding at peak levels.
Lauren can provide members with nutritional advice and plans for training and competition to provide a ‘whole body’ approach to your preparation and recovery.
If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the whole body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance. Pilates allows for different exercises to be modified in a range of difficulty from beginner to advanced level and also in terms of the instructor who can adapt exercises and intensity in relation to specific goals and/or limitations.
OTWS works regularly with experienced practitioner Jackie Gregory to add an extra dimension to some of the camps and squads we offer. Jackie is a qualified Pilates instructor and a keen squash player. She uses her knowledge of Pilates to specifically aid training and recovery with squash specific exercises.