chapter  9
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Correlations of physiological responses in squash players during competition

ByJ.R. ALVERO CRUZ, J. BARRERA EXPÓSITO, A. MESA ALONSO AND D. CABELLO

Physiological and perceptual responses to playing in squash competition are not well-known. Laboratory testing is commonly used to determine metabolic profile of players, to evaluate physiological training-induced changes and/or determine appropriate training intensities. In racket sports such as squash, success is largely dependent on technical, tactical and motor skills (Lees, 2003). Squash is a moderate-to-high intensity intermittent exercise. Players are active 50 to 70 per cent of the playing time and 80 per cent of the time the ball is in play 10 s or less. The rest intervals fit a normal distribution with an average duration of 8 s. Heart rate increases rapidly in the first minutes of play and remains stable at approximately 160 beats.min−1

for the whole match regardless of players’ competitive levels (Montpetit, 1990).