Move Well 6 Week Basic Strength Program for Drag Flickers



1. Wrist curl – Reps x 10 palm facing upward & 10 Reps palm facing downward,  3 x Sets

Brachioradialis is a muscle in the forearm that flexes the forearm at the elbow. It also is capable of pronation and supination, for this reason it is vitally NB that aspiring drag flickers train this muscle. In this exercise the player will hold a dumbell over a bench with their palm facing upward first then they will do it with their palm facing downward. The athlete will lift the weight up only moving at the wrist joint.

wrist curl

2. Hockey stick wrist twist with band – Reps x 4 up and down, 3 x Sets

Attach a band to your hockey stick. Loop the band around your foot- Hold your hockey stick with straight arms and roll the up. As you do the the resistance band will pull tighter and tighter. Roll the bad as much as you can and then un-roll the band. Repeat 4 times per set

wrist twist


1. Shoulder raise A) Lateral B) Front raise – Reps x 8 lateral raise & 8 frontal raise, 3 x Sets

Start with the the band being attached to your foot and hold the band with one hand by your side to start off with.Keeping your arms straight, lift arm so that your arm is inline with your shoulder. Lift the band away from your body first 1. Lateral raise then 2. Frontal raise

shoulder raise

2. Shoulder pull with band or weight – Reps x 8 on each arm, 3 x Sets

shoulder pull


 1. Band pull – Reps x 12, 3 x Sets

Sit on the floor with straight legs. Attach the thera-band to your hockey stick and loop the thera-band over the balls of your feet. Keeping your back straight, pull the stick towards your chest and hold for 3 seconds.

band pull

2. Standing upright row with band – Reps x 12, Sets x 3

Stand on the band to get the amount of resistance that you want. Lean forward and bend your knees slightly. Keep your hands close to the side of your body. Pull the band up and hold this position for 2 seconds. Keep your back straight.

upright row


1. Side medicine ball throw – Reps x 12 on each side, 3 x Sets

Torso strength is VITALLY important in the art of dragflickling. You need to be able to twist your torso and having oblique strength is paramount in delivering power through the dragflick and overhead.

Stand a few metres away from the wall with your shoulder facing towards the wall. Hold the ball and twist your torso powerfully in order to throw it against the wall. Catch it when it comes back and repeat.

side medicine ball

2. Seated barbell twist or twist with a hockey stick – Reps x 20 twists on each side, Sets x 3

Start out by sitting at the end of a flat bench with a barbell resting on your shoulders. Grip the bar with your palms facing down and make sure that your hands are wider than shoulder width apart from each other. When ready move your waist from side to side whilst feeling your obliques contract. Only move slowly.

seated barbell twist


1. Groin band pull over – Reps x 6 on each side, 3 x Sets

Attach band to a bench/pole and stand one metre away from the band. To get more resistance stand further away. Keeping both legs straight. Loop the band over your ankle and pull the band across the standing leg. Holding this position for 2 seconds. See Images.

groin band pull over

2. Lateral lunge with band – Reps x 6 on each side, Sets x 3

Loop a band around your ankles. Take a lateral step and hold for 2 seconds before returning to starting position.

lateral lunge


1. Hip flexor band pull – Reps x 6 on each side, 3 x Sets

Attach a band to a pole/bench and loop your foot into it. Stand that your back is facing the band. When ready pull your knee into your chest whilst activating your hip flexors. This movement is like a stationary High knees running drill. Hold onto your stick for balance.

hip flexor band

2. Lying hip flexor pull – Reps x 8 on each leg, Sets x 3

Attach your foot to a pulley machine. Lie flat on your back with your toes pointed upward. Pull your knee to your chest and hold this for two seconds before returning to starting position.

lying hip flexor


1. Hamstring extension with band – Reps x 6 on each side, 3 x Sets

Attach a band to a bench.Loop the band around your ankle. Stand facing the bench. Keeping both legs straight, extend your working leg behind you, activating your hamstrings and glutes. Hold for 2 seconds and lower leg down.

hamstring extension with band

2. TRX throw (functional exercise) – Reps x 8 on each leg, Sets x 3

Place one foot into a TRX and while the other leg is slightly bent. Stand on your left leg and let your friend helping you stand on your left side (forestick hit in hockey) when balanced catch the medicine ball and rotate your torso to generate enough power to through it back to your friend. Repeat on your right leg.

TRX throw


1. Functional mimic of a drag flick – Reps x 12, 3 x Sets

Attach the band to a bench. Loop the end of the band to your hockey stick and mimic the technique of a drag flick. Hold in the ‘ball release phase’ for 3 seconds and return to starting position.

quad functional mimic

2. Sled pushing – Reps x 4 for 10 metres, Sets x 4

Only do this exercise if athlete is strong enough. Load the sled with desired weight. Take an athletic posture, leaning into the sled with your arms fully extended. Pushing the sled as fast as possible, focusing on extending your hips and knees to strengthen your posterior chain.

sled pushing

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