Effect of Hockey Specific Training Program on Strength, Speed and Agility in Collegiate Hockey Players
Keywords:Speed, Agility, strength, Hockey specific training program, 1 RM Squat, Bench press, 10 meter DASH run test, Illinois agility test.
Background: Hockey is a fast-paced and high-intensity sport that requires players to possess various physical
attributes, including strength, power, agility, and endurance. It requires explosive movements, quick changes in
direction, and constant upper and lower body coordination
Purpose: There are a number of training programs that are focused on improving strength, speed, and agility.
There is less data available on hockey-specific training for field hockey players. Thus, the need for this study is to
investigate the effect of a hockey-specific training program on strength, speed, and agility.
Materials and Methods: Total of thirty collegiate hockey players who are continually playing hockey for more
than 3 to 4 years, the age between 18-25 were selected from SIMATS, Chennai. Strength, Speed and agility were
measured using 1RM squat for lower limb, 1 RM bench press for upper limb, 10 meter DASH run test and Illinois
agility test respectively. The players were randomly allocated into two groups, one group received hockey specific
training program 4 days per week for 8 weeks. Another group perform regular training program.
Results: A t test analysis was used to compare the effectiveness of hockey specific training programme and regular
training programme, which shows statistically significant improvement in hockey specific training programme
group with a p value of< 0.0001
Conclusion: Here by we concluded that hockey specific training program will improve the strength, speed and
agility in collegiate hockey players
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