Shooting Practice with an Elevated Heart Rate

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A position such as Goal Attack, requires the Player to shoot after high intensity activity. Now, does the Goal Attack practice her or his shots after performing high intensity activity?

Goal Attacks are less likely to be accurate with an elevated heart rate and the majority of the time the Goal Shooter will have a lesser heart rate than the Goal Attack therefore more accurate. There is a way to test this.

Wear a tracker.

To begin tracker training, allow the GA and GS to wear a tracker during a practice game. This is an indication of how high the heart rate gets and gives the players an idea at what heart rate they should be practicing their goals.

Usually a Goal Shooter is sitting between 110 and 130 beats per minute. A Goal Attack can get anywhere up to 175 beats per minute depending on the workload.

Very simple practice routines can make a huge difference.

* add wind sprints then shoot five goals
* add skipping then shoot five goals
* add burpees, vertical jumps, push ups then shoot five goals
* add other activities to raise the heart rate

If the shooter is wearing a tracker when practicing their goals, they will be able to see how high their heart rate is before they go to the post. Try to get the heart rate up to simulate a game situation. I’ve always said ‘Train as you play, play as you train’. It works!