In Joel’s heart, floorball has always had a special place. He has already experienced almost all levels of our sport, from playing at a small club all the way to the World Championships and coaching at one of the biggest clubs in Finland.
Joel has both Finnish and German passports. He has represented Germany in U19 boys’ World Championships and twice in men’s World Championships during his playing career.
During the last few years, Joel has moved more and more behind the bench. The role of a physical coach for both teams and individuals has become familiar, and not only in floorball.
Joel’s long educational path has gone through many levels, finally ending up at the highest Finnish level in the field, the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of Jyväskylä, where he is now finishing his exercise physiology studies.
Joel can be described as a combination of both theoretical and practical knowledge. For floorball players he is an ideal coach as he has the experiences of a long-term playing career too.
Joel has also produced some interesting scientific research around floorball. Most recently, in collaboration with Jiri Kirsilä, he published the latest analysis of floorball as a sport.
Date and place of birth
July 20, 1995, Forssa, Finland
Bachelor of Sports Science (Sports Physiology), 2019
Career as a coach
O2-Jyväskylä, 1st team’s physical coach, 2019-
Career as a player
Fosu, Koovee, SB Heinola, O2-Jyväskylä, 2008
German U19 national team, 2012-2014
German men’s national team, 2013-
Which five adjectives would you use to describe your personality?
Hard-working, determined, committed, happy and gentle.
Why should floorball players and teams pay a lot of attention to the content and quality of their physical training?
Each player has their own individual weaknesses and strengths that should be carefully assessed in order to get the best result out of training.
Most floorball players sacrifice countless evenings during their lives for practice. In addition to a sufficient amounts, more attention should be paid to observing the current situation and above all to the quality of the training.
It is really frustrating to train a lot but at the same time be unsure about the quality, direction and effectiveness of the training. As a result, time may be wasted and certainly no one wants that. Nothing is as valuable as time, so it’s worth using it as efficiently as possible.
In order to optimize the time spent on training and to maximize both individual’s and team’s development, I warmly recommend people to make sure that you are doing right things; the ones that take you forward.
How would you describe your coaching ideology and style?
In an optimal situation, the athlete knows what to practice and why. In most cases, knowledge increases motivation while it also helps in achieving results and focusing on the essentials in the training process.
Each coaching relationship starts with building a strong foundation of knowledge. By increasing the awareness of the goals, training and its purposes, an individual or a team will be able to jump into the effective development process and assess it more accurately than ever before.
Constant thirst for information is one of the most important qualities – for both a coach and an athlete. The desire to know more drives motivation and the desire to develop oneself in the best possible way.
One should also remember to enjoy the workout itself and the fruits of all the hard work. After all, it all culminates in the things that we get from playing or coaching and the joy they bring to us.
What do you want to say to Floorball Nerds around the world?
It’s worth keeping in mind that attitude is NOT everything. While attitude is really big, it can’t be a substitute for quality training. Above all, remember to enjoy playing and training! I wish all of you the best of luck with your training – and I hope to see many of you in our coaching