There are two general ways to approach linear speed training: 1) Improving the rate at which a player approaches top speed (e.g. acceleration) 2) Improving top speed It’s rare for a player to reach top speed with any regularity in hockey, whereas the ability to accelerate is integral to performance in every shift. However, the… Read more
Posts in "Hockey Speed Training"
One of the more consistent findings in determining what differentiates elite and sub-elite skaters is that elite skaters adopt a lower skating position. This study from Upjohn et al (2008) found that high caliber skaters had a deeper skating position, which translated into longer/wider strides with more extension range of motion through the knee/ankle. Ultimately,… Read more
I hope this finds you well, and that you’re as excited as I am for the start of the hockey season. Over the last few years, balancing my work responsibilities with family time and wrapping up my PhD has not left a lot of extra time for writing. When I started this site back in… Read more
Last week I was a guest on the Strength Coach Podcast with Anthony Renna. During our conversation, we talked about: Speed training misconceptions Key differences between running speed and skating speed The importance of transitional speed work (not just running straight) Strategies to monitor rest to maximize speed development, on and off the ice Transitioning… Read more
Last week, my friend Tony Gentilcore published an article I wrote on the importance of identifying the limiting factors to speed development in ice hockey players. Click here to read: Diagnosing Limiting Factors to Speed Development The article discusses the 4 major physical qualities that influence speed development, and also shares several of the exact… Read more