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Physics in Getting Hit



Throughout my field hockey season this year, me and several of my team mates had the joy of being at the wrong place at the wrong time when another team mate was hitting the ball. Most recently, during the semi finals, I got hit twice within the same half while blocking up a hit. Let's just say being 5 yards away while someone is driving a ball in your direction isn't always the most safe option. But today in class my teacher brought up Newton's third law, every force has an equal and opposite force. This reminded me of getting hit in the sectional game. The force my teammate applied to the ball that sent it straight into my ankle and then into my knee later in the game, was the same amount of force my leg applied to the ball on contact. The only difference was the direction of the two forces. Unfortunately the ball one that time, and i still have the bruise to show for it!


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