A team sport demanding technical and tactical skill, GB and England Hockey apply sport science and medical services to maximise athlete availability, physical durability and mental focus. A number of positions demand specialist skills too, such as injectors, drag flickers and aerial ability.
UKSI practitioners deliver support to athletes and coaches within the men’s and women’s programmes based at Bisham Abbey, as well as travel with squads to camps and competitions, which often dictate an intense tournament structure.
As well as the individual needs of each athlete, expertise and data insight must also support the overall team. This might be detailed Performance Analysis for coaches to underpin player debriefs, Performance Psychology to help both individual and team dynamics in handling pressure, or Performance Lifestyle supporting individual’s sport/life balance which can help them perform better together in the field of play.