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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Maximizing the Mental and the Physical: Preperformance Routines of Elite Squash Athletes

  • Open or CloseAC Muran1, JC Muran*2,3, SK Sobhy4 and BS Gorman4

    1 College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University; School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK

    2 Gordon F Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, USA

    3 Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

    4 Harvard College, Harvard University, USA

    *Corresponding author: JC Muran, Gordon F Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, 158 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530, USA

Submission: January 06, 2020;Published: January 24, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2020.05.000628

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume6 Issue1


Objective: The objective of the study was to provide a foundational understanding of mental and physical pre-performance routines of elite squash athletes.

Method: The sample included 18 squash professionals who were ranked in the top 10 in the world, balanced by gender, generation, and nationality. Each participated in a semi-structured interview that addressed pre-tournament and pre-match routines, plus questions about pre-planned strategies applied in-match and general dispositional variables.

Result: Descriptive qualitative analyses supported by a web-based text analysis tool yielded a number of common and unique routines with regard to training protocol, sleep hygiene, diet regimen, mental work, tactical preparation, and physical warmup. The importance of adaptability and acceptance of pressure were also suggested. One difference by nationality was noted: religious faith. Conclusion: There was a good deal of commonality, but also examples of individuality, in PPRs for professional squash athletes.

Keywords: Pre-performance routines; Athletic competition; Physical; Mental; Emotion regulation; Psychological resilience

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