Hockey (known as field hockey internationally) is a team-based sport played on artificial turf or grass, depending on the competition level. The game is played with two teams, each having ten players on the field and one in goals.  A game consists of 35-minute halves with a 5-10-minute break between halves.

The game is played at a fast pace, with short bursts of  high intensity sprints along with dribbling, passing,  tackling and shooting for goal, which requires a  combination of endurance, strength, speed, agility and  skill. During a game, energy expenditure can be as high as 60-80kJ/minute, with midfielders at the higher ending of the range. High energy requirements, coupled with fluid loss and injuries (from flying balls and/or sticks) makes well-established nutrition and hydration strategies a must for optimal performance.

Hockey players vary greatly in body size and shape, but require endurance, strength, power, skill, agility and speed for the game. Low body fat levels are an advantage to assist with agility and speed. 

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