Played on either grass, turf, indoors or on artificial or water turf, field hockey is a fast-paced sport which requires stamina and strength. Although players may be designated as forwards, fullbacks or midfielders, the game is particularly dynamic and participants don’t generally have a static position. Instead, they may play in a variety of positions throughout the game, meaning they need to have the athleticism and prowess to change their techniques and maneuvers, depending on their current position and flow of the game.
To excel in field hockey, you need to work on your speed so that you’re able to move up and down the pitch quickly, but you also need to be strong enough to stop powerful shots with your hockey stick and deliver robust passes to teammates or strikes on goal.
With the proper preparation and exercise, you can increase your speed and power, as well as reducing the risk of injury and wear and tear on your body. For field hockey players, there are a number of exercises which can enhance their performance on the pitch. These includes:
- Speed jump roping
- Mountain climbers
- Stick jumping
- Beep tests
Devising an exercise schedule which allows you to work on different parts of your body is a great way to prepare yourself for field hockey. As players require speed, as well as strength, circuit training, HIIT and conditioning, can be effective workout options. With the right type of exercises and regular workouts, you can successfully improve your field hockey performance and minimize the risk of injury too.