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Individualize training according to a field hockey player’s profile

This is the second in a series of two articles about a special project I carried out as part of my university career. The aim of this project was to verify the impact of a targeted training program on the skating profile and performance of developing field hockey players.

Having observed that a personalized training program based on the skater’s profile enhances skating performance, it is now time to verify whether this program based on the players’ shortcomings improves the skater’s profile and whether a more balanced profile increases performance even further (Brown et al. (2017)). To fully understand the basis of each profile, it’s worth highlighting the distinctions between them and how they are developed.

Remember that SciencePerfo has created 9 skater profiles, divided into two axes: horizontal (acceleration) and vertical (efficiency) (Figure 1). To understand these, let’s first look at the process for identifying each profile. SciencePerfo TM’s photodetector captures the position of subjects as a function of time. From this, it is possible to draw a speed curve in which the rapid increase in speed at each push is illustrated (Figure 2).