Monthly Archives: May 2022

Commitment Continuum

Commitment Continuum

Stumbled upon this picture the other day of the “Commitment Continuum.” This was something Dr. Colleen Hacker shared with USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team, and serves as a powerful tool for all team sport athletes to self-evaluate their own commitment. The off-season is a time when players in all sports can completely re-invent themselves through… Read more

Speed Training for Hockey: 3-Year Anniversary

Speed Training for Hockey: 3-Year Anniversary

Hard to believe it’s been 3 years since Speed Training for Hockey was released. When @fitness_pollenator and I sat down to map out the book, our goal was to put together a comprehensive resource that details all of the factors that can improve a player’s speed, written specifically for youth players, parents, and coaches. We… Read more

Performance Testing: Youth Hockey Norms

Performance Testing: Youth Hockey Norms

The first question players ask after going through any form of performance testing is either “How’d I do?” or “Is that good?” Every player presents with unique physical characteristics that either help them perform at a desired level or prevent them from doing so. While there are a lot of individual considerations in interpreting testing… Read more

Lateral MiniBand Skater Walk

Lateral MiniBand Skater Walk

This is an exercise we integrate into our warm-ups to help reinforce a low skating position and strong push-off. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kevin Neeld, PhD (@kevinneeld) A common problem you see in less efficient skaters is that they adopt a wider stance and their stance leg collapses inward slightly,… Read more