SCL Tigers are currently one of Switzerland's strongest ice hockey teams – but targeted strength and endurance training is not the only factor in their success. After a strenuous match, it's very important for the players to have the time they need to regenerate sufficiently before they next take to the rink. And Kistler's Quattro Jump performance analysis system provides them with effective support to do just that.
Like bullets fired from a gun, the players race over the ice at breathtaking speed as they chase the puck. Sudden changes of direction, daredevil maneuvers and spectacular checks add to the thrills as athletes weighing 100 kilos or more collide with one another or crash into the boards. Physical confrontations are also part of the game. Ice hockey is probably the world's fastest team sport – and the one that demands most energy. Players are virtually bound to sustain injuries, even though they wear heavyduty protective gear and substitutions are carefully phased.
If statistics are to be believed, 80% of injuries sustained by players during matches are acute traumas such as bruises, and 20% of such injuries are due to overload. Because this sport drains the players of so much energy, it is important for them to regenerate sufficiently before their next match – even if they have not been injured. Since it is known that specific muscle fatigue significantly increases the risk of injuries, the athlete may need to shift down a gear and give the muscles time to fully regenerate.