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How are the hips?

Published: 13 Jan 2005 - 20:02 by rippa rit

Updated: 11 Oct 2007 - 15:26

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Rippa Rita`s championship squash tip

Maybe this is advice for veterans!  However, squash can be like any occupation.
There are quite a lot of repetitive movements. Unfortunately, most of us cannot use both arms/hands successfully when playing squash! Darn it.  Gym has become very fashionalbe over the last 15/20 years, and it does make sense to try and keep the body balanced. Things to think about when playing squash which will minimise some of the wear and tear:

  • The "open stance" favours equal balance, using both legs to stabilise when swinging the racket, and is also an advantage in distributing weight equally.

  • For those who jog, a level surface is preferred; or, if it is going around an oval, change directions regularly, so that the same leg/foot is not tracking/gripping around the perimeter of the circle causing extra tension on one side of the body.

  • Take care when stretching, as often players stretch the muscles that are in a straight line but forget about the oblique stretching movements.

  • This is more about wear and tear over an extended period of time.

  • If a problem persists consult a Sports Physiotherapist.

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From aprice1985 - 26 Feb 2007 - 04:15

Interesting article but i would like to just say that the advice at the end about those already in pain is a bit foolish.  Masking the pain will not help long term, rest and proper conditioning of the joint as listed earlier in the article are far better.  the anti-inflammatories are good but will not really heal the damage.  Also viox and celebrex can cause heart problems and there are legal issues around them currently, stick to ibuprofen unless you have stomach problems and then talk to you GP.  But cross train big time, it will also help your back long term by making you more "rounded" physically (not in terms of flab of course!)

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From rippa rit - 03 Mar 2006 - 08:24   -   Updated: 03 Mar 2006 - 08:27

Here is an interesting research article on Why Having “Squash Butt” May be More Bane Than Boon :
A look at osteoarthritis of the hip
By A. Martin Clark M.D.
Illustration by Tony Cristovich

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