The English Institute of Sport,
Andy Hudson is the Head of Physical Preparation for GB & England Hockey. Having worked in the programme for 10 years he has seen successes at European, Commonwealth, Champions Trophy, World and Olympic level. Andy oversees the applied sport science and strength and conditioning support to the Men’s and Women’s programmes as well as to the Development Pathway. He has previously shared some insight into international hockey through publications and international conference presentations.
Andy specialises in physical development for running based and team sports and has previously worked with the national netball team and with GB Athletic sprint groups.
How physical development impacts tournament durability in Elite Hockey
International hockey teams are measured by their success at major tournaments and these are often played in challenging environmental conditions. A players’ capacity to recover between matches (that can be played on successive days) is critical.
Given that acute recovery interventions will only support this to a certain degree, it is vital that the gap between a player’s on-pitch requirements and their physical capabilities are minimised.
This talk explores how the Great Britain Olympic Hockey Teams identify what physical characteristics are necessary for optimising performance, and how we identify the gaps between a players training status and their competition needs.