Are you a regular hockey player and want to make your mark on the pitch? In the present day, improved agility and speed could make a significant difference on the hockey field whether you're a goalkeeper or a field player. Game pace has increased so largely over the past few years and, regardless of how much skill you possess, you may find yourself flagging behind. Nobody wants to be that person. So, become a team player that everybody wants on their side by bettering yourself in the following ways.
Increase your mobility
Mobility can be defined as moving around freely or as having the capacity to move joints and limbs through a complete movement range. This can be differentiated from flexibility as dissimilar to flexibility it isn't isolated at every joint and it incorporates the central nervous system.
Many people have tight hips due to sitting for the majority of the day, which results in bad posture. Due to the position in which they play hockey, bent over, Hockey players tend to have the tightest hips. Although you may be aware that this is an issue, you shouldn't ignore it as this can result in various other trauma's.
Hip mobility is incredibly significant for hockey players as it allows them to get into increasingly powerful athletic positions and jump into action at any given moment. It'll also enable you to move and turn in various directions with fluidity and speed.
Develop your power
Once you've developed a great strength base, you must convert this strength into power. There are a variety of ways in which you can attain this, though don't forget that you need to build strength before you can become physically powerful.
Power would be raising something fairly heavy very quickly and explosively.
On the hockey field, instances of power include:
- Initial step speed
- Moving in front of your player to gain the ball
- Sharp leading or moving into space
- Hitting or passing the ball speed
- The distance that you toss an aerial
- Dragflick quickness
The goal is to have explosive force whilst also sustaining control.
Strength is perhaps one of the most integral aspects of being a speedy hockey player. Without a good enough strength base, there is a possibility that you will train the incorrect muscles to hard and gain injuries.
“You cannot maximise your speed unless you work on your foundational strength”
Try to avoid resistance machines at gyms if you would like to make significant improvements on the hockey field. Constant sitting on machines takes out your core use which is essential for every sport.
Before taking up any specific speed training, spend a minimum of 8-12 weeks on a hockey specific strength training program that will support you in maximising your speeding potential.