With the end of the summer approaching our attention begins to switch from holidays, ice creams and sunshine to preparing for the upcoming hockey season!
Sometimes getting back into sport and pre-season training can feel like a chore when really all you want to do is grab a stick and play the game! Well, we have to remember that we want to build up slowly and make sure you are on the pitch and ready when the season begins.
To make sure you are ready there are three building blocks for a solid pre-season;
- Injury prevention– By working on good movement patterns we will be in control of our bodies and use the right muscles at the right time. We aim to use pre-season as a time develop and ingrain good habits so they become second nature in a game which goes a long way to injury prevention.
- Athletic development– Once we can move well we can begin to develop speed, strength and agility. This will allow us as players to change direction quickly and cover the pitch as fast as possible to reach that ball or opponent!
- Endurance/fitness– The last piece of the puzzle is making sure we are fit! This is for two reasons; firstly, when we are tired we are more likely to make mistakes and increase our chances of an injury (this is why good movement comes first!) and secondly, we want to be able to go fast over and over again. This way we can spend more time thinking about using our silky skills in the game rather than huffing and puffing to keep up.