Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

Optimizing Performance

A couple weeks ago Seth Bronheim and Varun Sriram, the Director of Nutrition & Fitness and Digital Marketing Manager, respectively, of Generation UCAN were in the Philadelphia area for an endurance event and had a chance to stop by Endeavor to check the facility out. While they were in town, we did a quick interview discussing how we’ve been recommending our athletes and general fitness clientele use Generation UCAN’s products, and what types of responses we’ve seen/heard. As you likely know, I’ve been a big proponent of UCAN since being introduced to the company several years ago at the annual BSMPG seminar in Boston.

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If you’re interested in learning more about UCAN, check out these posts:

  1. Revolutionary Hockey Nutrition
  2. The Death of Gatorade?
  3. UCAN Break Carbohydrate Dependence
  4. UCAN Perform, Look, and Feel Better

While UCAN is a young company, they’ve already gained popularity across many elite level athletic domains, including ice hockey, football, and endurance events. Anecdotally, we’ve had many players that felt like their legs crashed on them somewhere in the range of the middle of the 2nd to middle of the 3rd period and say they feel amazing through the whole game when drinking one of UCAN’s sports drinks immediately before the game or sipping it throughout. I’d encourage you to learn more about it, as it’s a much healthier alternative to many of the more commonly used sports drinks.

The video below is what I believe to be the first of several that they’re creating using some of the interview footage from our meeting at Endeavor and that with Cassandra Forsythe, a really bright nutritionist that I had the pleasure of meeting while I was an intern at Cressey Performance. As a brief aside, you’ll have to forgive my appearance. About 8 weeks ago I spontaneously made a decision that I was going to relive my glory days as a player and let my hair grow out until November (Flowvember?). This video was taken at about week 2 of the inevitable 12-week awkward grow out period. Enjoy!

…Not quite this awkward (2010 Playoff Beard)

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To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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  • I got my big ass shipment of Ucan last week. I had 50+ packs to some junior players as well.. Most of my college guys are already taking it through their hockey teams, though one team opted for Muscle Milk. I guess the athletic department didn’t utilize the faculty… or maybe the NCAA is ok with putting restrictions on what team can feed players(%of carbs/protein etc) but they allow Muscle Milk to be sold which is essentially dog shit in a bottle. It’s not that the protein is cheap as much as it’s the amount of chemicals in Muscle Milk.
    My guys are loving it thus far. It’s as perfect a pregame “meal” as you can find right now and it can be taken 30 minutes prior and not make the athlete puke.

  • Scott-Some of our players don’t care for the taste, but those that either like it or don’t mind it LOVE the way they feel playing after drinking it. My understanding is that UCAN is NCAA friendly, as I know several NCAA hockey programs that have gone that route, including several in Hockey East. The lack of gastrointestinal distress from UCAN is huge though; a lot of people eat nothing because they don’t tolerate food that close to activity. Hopefully awareness starts to trickle down to the youth levels so more players move away from drinking sugar water.

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Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld Knows Hockey

Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He spent the last 7 years as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ, the last 3 of which he was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Manual Therapist for the Philadelphia Flyers Junior Team. Kevin is in his 5th year as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey .