For the Indian ladies’s hockey crew Saturday mornings are the hardest in line with skilled midfielder Monika who does not draw back from “red sessions” through the coaching. Throwing gentle on their coaching through the ongoing National Coaching Camp at SAI Centre, Bengaluru, Monika explains, “Red sessions are mostly higher-intensity training sessions where we focus on match intensity with the idea of superseding match intensity with small-sided variations.” She added, “Each session is either focused on speed or endurance or direction focused. We have about two-three such sessions a week. Those are the days when our fitness levels are really tested. Each day we train anywhere between 2 hours to 4.5 hours.”
The participant from Chandigarh additionally stated that the teaching employees is planning week-on-week coaching in such a means that the crew peaks on the proper time.
“The focus now is to keep improving on our strengths and work on the weak points. Our aim is to peak at the right time. Every player’s workload is taken into consideration and improvement is mapped accordingly,” stated Monika.
“Our awareness about each session, how it helps, what it’s for etc is much better now than before. Earlier, we would just blindly focus what coaches said,” states Monika who was a part of the Indian ladies’s crew that participated on the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
She additional explains how every participant retains a chart that is uploaded on to Google docs the place the Scientific Advisor Wayne Lombard screens essential points corresponding to sleep, restoration and so forth.
“Surely, we have become more tech-savvy. We maintain a chart that has details of what we do the entire day. We need to mention details of activity we pursue for recovery such as number of minutes spent for massage or ice bath or pool session etc,” stated Monika.
“We also record the number of hours we sleep. I feel by doing these activities on our own, the coaching staff also inculcated a lot more awareness about how we must take care of our bodies and remain injury free,” she opined.
With lower than 75 days for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Monika feels the crew is in the appropriate mind-set to realize their purpose.
“We have had a few setbacks with some of our players testing positive, but they are all well and back to training now. We don’t want to think of the issues that are out of our control,” stated Monika.
“Our focus is to improve each day and be ready for the Games and the entire group is mentally prepared,” she signed off.
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