Whether it’s intramurals or competitive club sports, playing a team sport can foster teamwork and socialization. This can be an important skill that many students will need later in life, but can also improve overall physical health. Several studies have found that participants of team sports have better mental health and lower risk-taking behaviors than individuals who don’t play team sports.
Team sport athletes must be able to change speed and direction in order to effectively perform. Researchers have been investigating this skill and developed metrics to measure acceleration during training and competition. These metrics help quantify the overall load and speed in team sports. They can also be used to measure the level of effort an athlete puts in during a game.
Ice hockey is a team sport that originated in Canada. Each team has a goalie and five skaters. The goal of the game is to score as many goals as possible by using a stick to shoot a puck into the other team’s goal. While competitive ice hockey involves quite a bit of equipment, recreational ice hockey only requires a stick and skates.
The study conducted in this study found that girls were less likely to participate in team sport than boys. However, the intervention may have a positive effect on their physical activity levels, if they are encouraged to try a new sport. Further, girls are more likely to continue to play the sport if they are encouraged by their peers.