Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thesis from Spain on Floorball

We came across the Spanish text summary of the first scientific thesis, by Mr. Miguel Prieto, that compare top level Swedish teams with Spanish Floorball teams in terms of offensive actions.

Some of the findings reported from this paper that compared 7 Spanish National team games and 7 Swedish National team games are presented in this scientific document.
The idea was to compare and contrast these teams since that they come with different strength (Sweden being the top notch team) and if their actions in terms of “offensive actions” would look different - and they do.

The conclusions from the study state that Floorball is a very offensive game. It also say that the goalkeeper has a very active role in the game and is involved in 80% of all “offensive actions” by the other team. However only less than 8% of the “offensive actions” results in a score.

Sweden gets, as suspected, better rates with respect to scoring, less shots blocked or failed as compared to Spain. Sweden generates more rebounds from the opponent goalkeeper, and therefore gets more second chance scoring opportunities.
Spain seems to try to take their final offensive actions from areas on the court that according to the results of this study indicate that these areas are less efficient. So it almost sounds like that they try to shot from “too hard” places on the court.
The way the shooting is explained in this study makes us believe that this paper suggest that wrist shots are more efficient than any other kind of an “offensive final action”.

The full scientific report is not released, so this summary is only written upon the abstract of this paper. The full paper is supposed also to contain suggestions to improve the game.

The source file is to be found here at the Spanish Floorball Federation
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!