Monday, July 1, 2013

Dynamite post from gfloorball on Oftedal, floorball and some hockey

10 Questions for Oliver Oftedal #10 What it takes to be a Pro Floorball Player

Floorball is a real sport and to be able to compete on the highest level you need to be prepared to work hard and to be goal oriented. We have the pleasure to share 10 questions and answers about what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Oliver Oftedal #10 former Manhattan Kings player is playing for Balrog in the 1 division in Sweden.
 Balrog one of the most famous Floorball teams with 3 championships in the Swedish Elite League. Balrog changed the game, with head bands, long hair and Nike Air basketball shoes they secured  a sponsorship with Nike. In Sweden Floorball is the second biggest sport  next to Soccer. Balrog is for sure one of the reasons the sport is growing so rapidly. 
Generation Floorball: How did you find out about Floorball in the first place? 
Oliver Oftedal #10: I started early at the school yard playing every break and after school. The game was easy to learn and I really enjoyed the team spirit. When I was between 6 and 7 I know that Floorball was my sport of choice. I even slept with both my Floorball and hockey stick in bed instead of teddy bears.
Generation Floorball: Your brother is playing college hockey in the US what happen with your hockey career?
Oliver Oftedal #10: I actually started out as a hockey goalie, like my younger brother, but found the game of Floorball more fun and more accessible. Only a stick and a ball. We played on the streets, in subway stations, at the school yard and even in the class room.  I'm impressed of my brothers patient, just to put on his gear is a game itself :) It worked fine though, we trained on our alley, me shooting slaps shots and him in the goal.

Want to read the rest..
here it is at the source in New York
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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!