The game of squash is a high-impact, fast moving one that lends itself to a lot of injuries, some of which may be severe. Apart from the injuries that can occur from moving around the court, players also become injured from contact with the ball, their opponent’s racquet and even the wall. Players need to be very fit in order to avoid being injured while playing squash. Some of the most common squash injuries are muscle, tendon and ligament sprains and eye injuries.
This is one of the most common squash injuries, that affects either the heel or the mid-point of the Achilles tendon just above the heel. It may be an acute injury or chronic and healing can be slow because of the poor blood supply to this portion of the leg. Symptoms are gradual onset of pain which starts with exercises and lessens as exercises progresses. Pain usually subsides with rest. Achilles tendonitis can become chronic if the athlete does not rest or seek help at first onset.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that can be caused by increase in activity, less recovery between activities and exercising in flat shoes which puts stress on the tendon. The condition can be prevented by warming up thoroughly before play and stretching properly afterward. Wearing shoes that provide adequate cushion is also helpful. Athletes who over-pronate should wear an orthosis to take the strain off the tendon. Proper rehabilitation is necessary if you sustain this type of squash injury in order to prevent from becoming chronic. The athlete should apply the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) formula at the first sign of injury.
These are another common squash injury and are caused by the stretching and/or tearing of ligaments. This is a painful condition requiring rest and rehabilitation. Other symptoms are swelling, inflammation, difficulty walking, decrease in the elasticity of the ligament. A serious ankle sprain can be more painful and take a longer time to heal than a broken bone. The RICE formula is always helpful but once the pain and swelling subside the athlete should seek physiotherapy in order to promote flexibility and strength.
Squash injuries occur more among older players than younger ones. Lack of conditioning, experience playing the game and reduced reaction times may all contribute to injuries. By taking certain common sense precautions these injuries can be avoided. Players should be careful of their surroundings, wear proper footwear and protective eyewear, warm up and cool down thoroughly and maintain strength and flexibility. Finally, if you do become injured while playing squash, stop playing immediately and seek assistance. At Con Bonovas Physiotherapy we can help you return to fitness if you have had suffered any type of squash injury. See us today.