Field Soccer: The Physics Of Field Hockey

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Field hockey is a game of skills with a ball and stick. It is an 11 a side game with similar formation to soccer. There are many ways of striking the ball in hockey; hit, sweep, push, drag flick. The speed at which the ball travels is an essential factor of the game. The player has to hit the ball while moving, focusing on a target and defending from the opposition. To score a goal, the player must hit the ball from inside the semi-circle marking known as the D. The speed of the ball comes mainly from the power that it is hit with.
The hit, when used with correct technique is vital for shooting, quick clearances from the defence, long cross-field transfers and diagonal transfers. The drive hit involves biomechanics, timing, footwork and strength. A good hit is displayed by the ball rolling on the ground, not bouncing, travelling on target and at the intended speed. The hit is a two-handed swing motion. It is divided into three stages; the Backswing, the Downswing and the Follow-through. A rotation of the shoulders and of the trunk initiates the lifting of the arms for the backswing. The downswing begins at transition from the backswing. The stick moves in the opposite direction to the backswing and back towards the ball. (A.J. Gorman, 2012). The follow-through is the stick motion from impact with the hockey ball to the end of the hit with the arms in an extended position.
Strength training is the act of preparing the body to produce or withstand greater force. The use of

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