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Nov 11, 2022

Running Demands of Field Hockey

Henry Davies

In this video I explain the running demands of hockey, both in terms of total distances, sprint distances and positional differences.

Sep 14, 2022

How to Increase Your Acceleration for Field Hockey

Henry Davies

In this article I explain how to improve your acceleration performance for hockey. We will look the key principles behind speed and sprint training, and which drills you can use to maximise your acceleration on the pitch.

Sep 5, 2022

How to Improve Your 16 Pitch Lengths Time

Henry Davies

The 16 pitch lengths assessment is a time trial test of 1600 yards or 1462 metres. It is a useful measure of aerobic capacity, which is vital for field hockey performance. In this article, I’ll be sharing a range of ways to improve your time in this test.

Sep 2, 2022

Core Exercises for Field Hockey Players

Henry Davies

Core exercises develop capacity and strength of the trunk muscles, which stabilise the spine and contribute to enhanced posture. Here are some great exercises that enable you to get stronger in your core and become a better athlete.

Aug 17, 2022

Plyometrics Training for Field Hockey Players

Henry Davies

Plyometrics training is training that utilises the stretch shortening cycle of the muscle. In this article, I explain its benefits and how it can impact performance for hockey players.

Jul 20, 2022

Mobility Training for Hockey Players

Henry Davies

Mobility is training that helps to increase the range of motion at joints and improves overall movement quality. This is essential in a sport like hockey which requires such extreme ranges of motion at times.

Jun 8, 2022

Strength and Conditioning for the Masters Hockey Player

Henry Davies

In this article I am going to provide an overview of how to approach strength training as a masters hockey player. In this context, ‘masters’ hockey player refers to players over the age of 35. I will be looking at the underlying problem associated with age related declines in strength and muscle mass, how you can offset this.

Jun 1, 2022

How to Approach Hockey Pre-season Training

Henry Davies

The pre-season is a natural opportunity to develop the physical qualities needed for hockey, whilst total training volumes are lower. This is especially the case in the early pre-season when training intensities haven’t yet returned to full and there is more time available to allocate to physical training. In this article I am going to share some principles around how to approach training during this period.

May 1, 2022

Strength Training to Improve Your Hockey Drag Flick

Henry Davies

One of the most impactful skills in hockey is the drag flick, owing to how difficult it is to defend it, and how many goals are scored from penalty corners. In the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, a third of all goals came from them. In this article I explain how strength training can improve your drag flick.

Apr 25, 2022

How to Nutritionally Prepare for Your Hockey Match Day

Dan Richardson

If your nutrition is managed accurately, it can have a positive effect on your overall hockey performance. If you want to perform your best on game day you need to be fuelled correctly. In this article nutritionist Dan Richardson provides an overview of effective fuelling for match day performance.

Apr 22, 2022

The 30-15IFT for Hockey Conditioning

Henry Davies

The 30-15IFT is a reliable measure of aerobic capacity (Stankovic et al., 2021). It is an intermittent running test that is related to repeat sprint ability in team sport athletes. In this article I explain what it is, how to prescribe from it, and some potential pros and cons of the test.

Mar 31, 2022

Anaerobic Speed Reserve for Field Hockey Conditioning

Henry Davies

In this article I explain how to assess the anaerobic speed reserve and how to prescribe from it for hockey players. This enables a more accurate prescription for field hockey conditioning and overall fitness.
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