The push movement is not only seen in floorball. An ice hockey goalie performs it as well when he is in the butterfly position. To hold balance during the movement you need a solid base of core muscles and to move faster you should not skip leg day too often.
How to do long pushes?
In this movement we can differ between short and long pushes. We imagine a movement to the right side.
We suggest being on your toes, as you can put more power in the movement
Set up your left leg – we suggest the foot should be next to the right knee or a little bit behind it
Sole of your foot stays fully on the floor when you start the movement
Push yourself with the set up leg to the right
Due to the movement, you open the fifth hole which you can easily close as you twist your right lower leg (see pictures below) – this performance could bring you in an unbalanced position as your body centre of gravity is too high or beyond the knees - a solid base core and right position of your hips are the key to a balanced movement (read our post about the initial position to know how to place your hip)
Your upper body stays vertical and does not tilt to the side – otherwise you minimize the cover ratio of your body and you invite the striker to shoot
You push yourself during the whole movement this results in a more and more stretched leg
At the end of the push, you can give the movement a last kick by kicking the toe from the floor
Once you are done with the push and you are in the slide, twist your left leg to the right one
This supports you to close the fifth hole
It brings your legs back into the initial position – triangle between knees and feet
You are able to break the slide and do it vice versa
How to do short pushes?
Short pushes are a mixture between knee steps and long pushes. It is very common when a striker runs into your slot and you do not want to open the fifth or sixth hole for any second.
The push movement needs more energy to perform as you push your whole body with only one leg. But the focus isn’t only on leg muscles, as a stable core is necessary as well to be balanced. It is a great movement when there is trouble in the slot as you don’t open the sixth hole. Especially when you have to reposition yourself and you can’t reach the target point fast enough by knee steps only. In this situation we recommend to use short pushes, as you have to be flexible to quick changes of directions of the ball and you have to move short distances mostly. One additional advantage is that you can cover the fifth hole better in these situations.