Needs analysis of Squash
Elite squash is now becoming more popular throughout the world due to the inclusion of the sport in the 2014 commonwealth games and the 2020 Olympics. The governing bodies of elite squash, world squash federation (WSF), and professional squash association (PSA) have raised the profile of the sport by staging 240 events every year worldwide across 5 different continents, through raising the profile squash is now being played by over 20 million people from 175 different countries.
Elite squash places many demands on players due to the hectic 11 month schedule of the season similar to that of tennis. With competitions most weeks with some in different countries, many players experience overtraining due to training demands been too high without any regeneration phases allowing adaptation (Bompa 1999, Issurin 2008). An annual training plan is a fundamental component of effective training which allows peak performance for competitions. Annual plan periodization began over 5 decades ago when there was little knowledge of athletes' preparation and also little research evidence. Scientists at the time proposed of a traditional periodization model of an entire seasonal programme which was intended to offer coaches certain guidelines to structure training, however in this present day with more scientific research from multidisciplinary approaches scientists know that traditional periodization has many limitations such as conflicting physiological responses to mixed training, excessive fatigue and inability to produce multi peak performances (Issurin 2010).
Elite squash is lacking periodizied plans of training leading to overtraining, physical and psychological burnout and negative performances. Therefore an annual training plan for elite squash would be highly beneficial to athletes, due to breaking the year down into smaller manageable training phases allowing a more organised program of training, resulting in increased performances...