Bengaluru, May 19 : Indian men and women's hockey teams have turned tech-savvy with pitch training suspended currently due to forced lockdown while continuing their indoor workout regime to maintain their fitness.
The Core Probable Group housed in the Sports Authority of India Centre here suspended high intensity hockey training in the third week of March following a nationwide lockdown. Though the Coaching Staff are also based out of the same facility, to ensure social distancing norms the teams turned to applications that would help disseminate everyday workout schedules to all team members and emphasised on every player using these applications to submit their work load.
Earlier, these apps were mostly used by Coaching Staff to plan the week's activities and share it with us. But during lockdown, with social distancing norms in place at SAI, using Google docs for wellness data submission and Google forms for training load submissions became mandatory to update what we had done during the day and this would further be discussed through video call with Chief Coach or our Scientific Advisor," explained Savita, vice captain of the women's team.
Applications like Zoom call or Google Meet have now become the 'in-thing' replacing 'team huddles' or 'team meetings'. Putting things into perspective, Harmanpreet Singh, vice skipper of the men's team said, "Though our support staff is based in the same campus, we use Zoom calls for individual meetings where we discuss our nutrition intake and also discuss match analysis.
We are now used to apps like Google Meet platform which we use for team meetings as all of us can't get into a huddle in the meeting room anymore." (UNI)