Influence of stick stiffness and puck weight on puck velocity during slap shots in women's ice hockey
2009 (English)In: Sports Engineering, ISSN 1369-7072, E-ISSN 1460-2687, Vol. 11, no 3, 103-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous studies have found that reduced stick stiffness increases puck velocity in young male ice hockey players. This study investigates the hypothesis that female players are disadvantaged by using equipment that is designed for taller and stronger players. The purpose of this study was to investigate if stick flexibility and puck weight affect puck velocity in standing slap shots performed by female ice hockey players. There was a significant increase in puck velocity (4.1% p=0.037) when stick stiffness and puck weight were reduced. ANOVA revealed that there was a significant correlation between stick, puck and the participant herself (R2=0.987). Spearman’s correlation analysis revealed that participants with higher puck velocities benefitted the most when the stick flexibility and puck weight were reduced (r=0.648; p=0.043). It was concluded that decreased stick stiffness and puck weight increased puck velocity in standing slap shots for female ice hockey players.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 11, no 3, 103-107 p.
Ice hockey, equipment, women's sports, performance, adjustment
Sport and Fitness Sciences Physiology
Research subject Physiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30313DOI: 10.1007/s12283-009-0015-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-30313DiVA: diva2:281528