Squash can be played competitively or socially. While the risk of sustaining personal injuries is lower than many other sports, accidental injuries that do happen can be serious. People considering taking the sport up are advised to develop their skills and overall fitness by playing modified games like racquetball, for instance, to begin with in order to avoid injuries.
Some of the most common squash related injuries consist of:
- Muscle sprains and strains (especially to the lower back, legs and arms) that, while typically not severe, can limit players’ game performance
- Impact injuries sustained by being hit by a racquet or ball, or by crashing into walls
- Fall injuries as a result of slipping and falling on the court
- Eye and head injuries resulting from being hit by a racquet or ball
- Tendonitis (‘tennis elbow) or other overuse injuries
Heat stress symptoms like dizziness or drops in performance are also common among squash players.
The risk of sustaining injuries on the squash court is heightened by several factors, including:
- Age: Individuals over the age of 40 (and apparently especially males) face an increased risk of injuries on the court, usually because their physical condition is poor before playing
- Poor level of fitness: Playing squash requires a reasonable level of fitness
- Poor techniques: Holding racquets incorrectly, for example, can put unnecessary, excessive strain onto joints and muscles
- Lack of or unsuitable protective equipment: Not wearing protective equipment like eye wear, for instance, could result in potentially serious eye injuries
- Prior injuries: Existing injuries (especially ankle injuries that were perhaps sustained through slips, trips and falls) can be exacerbated by playing squash
Competing or frequently playing individuals are also particularly prone to overuse or repetitive strain injuries.
When squash enjoyment turns sour
While many squash court injuries can be prevented by maintaining general fitness levels and adhering to a handful of simple safety guidelines, some injuries are caused by others making mistakes; being negligent or generally behaving badly on or outside of squash courts. Spills, carelessly deposited kit bags or dropped litter in changing rooms, for example, could all too easily result in injuries by slipping tripping or falling before you even enter the court. Should you be injured by a slip, trip or fall or any other squash court accident through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Get helpful advice and start your claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone number now on 0800 689 0500
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice