The Women’s Hockey World Cup is on right now and in London at the Olympic Park! This is not something that is widely known amongst the greater public. This is a massive shame. The English Women’s hockey team has a very good chance of doing really well. They are statistically more likely to make it to the final than the men’s football team ever were (they won gold at the 2016 Olympic games). Yet there was WAY more hype and excitement around the football than the hockey. Don’t get us wrong – we were as happy and in world cup football fever mode as much as the next person. It would just be nice if we could put that much support and encouragement behind all elite teams competing at World Cup level regardless of sport and gender.
To show our support for hockey we have put together a few facts:
- Hockey is the 2nd most played sport in the world (after football)
Hockey is one of the oldest team sports in the world, dating back nearly 3000 years to the Greek classical era.
Modern day hockey was first played in Scotland in 1700’s.
Men’s hockey has the fastest swing speed of any sport, including golf, softball and baseball.
Hockey was originally called Shinty.
There are no left handed hockey sticks. All players must use right handed sticks.
Hockey players are nearly twice as likely to be injured in a game than in practice.
The injury rate in hockey is 6.3 per 1,000 athletes (games and training combined).
22% of all hockey injuries happen while defending.
- The main type of hockey injuries are:
Ways to avoid hockey injuries
- Wear appropriate personal protective gear.
- Gradually increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of training to avoid overuse injuries.
- Balance cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, and skills training.
- Prepare and plan accordingly for the playing conditions – whether it is hot, cold, wet or windy.
- Rest. Take some time away from training both during and between seasons to avoid overuse injury and burnout.
- Don’t try to “play through the pain”.
- If you are recovering from an injury make sure you follow a rehabilitation programme and don’t go back to playing until you are 100% ready. Returning to a sport prematurely is associated with a high risk of re-injury.
- Include neuromuscular training programs in your fitness routine to prevent common ankle and knee injuries.
So let’s all get behind the England Women’s hockey team and show them some love. Even better – if you are London based go and see them live in action.