Sydney is gearing up for one of its biggest squash events of the year with 7 of the worlds best coming together in support of Headspace, a charity aimed at improving the mental health of young Australian's. For more information about the event, please check out this article written by The Roar!
If you cannot make the event, we encourage you to play your part by making a small donation here.
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To be prepared is half the victory - Miguel De Cervantes
Manipulating a racket to strike a ball is a complex task. This is due to variables such as the ball temperature; vectors and court conditions changing constantly as well as it being an open skill i.e. the player will have to react to a stimulus that has inconsistent characteristics. This means that a player will continually have to adapt to the demands imposed on them throughout the duration of the game. Theoretically, these demands are changing every second.
Due to the nature of squash as described above, a larger reaction time will be required to initiate a response to the stimulus presented. This is especially true at the initial stages of learning. As a player progresses through stages of learning to where said player is autonomous, reaction times will decrease.
Preparing the racket early, that is, position the racket so one can strike the ball in a multitude of fashions once the stimulus is presented, is a means to reduce the variability in the task. This is indisputable. That is, preparing the racket earlier will allow the player to hit a moving ball with pronounced accuracy no matter what vector the ball is travelling. This is opposed to preparing the racket in an unstable fashion causing a dysfunction in a players swing mechanics.
The benefits of practicing the skill of Racket Preparation are listed below:
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