I played hockey for 15 years before I made the transition into coaching. Throughout that time I rarely played other sports. Soccer for a few years when I was very young. Baseball for a season. But that was about it. Last night I went bowling for the first time in a while. A huge fan of the Big Lebowski, I thought I could add bowling into my repertoire. If the dude can throw strikes a couple white russians deep, why can’t I? Last night I found out might logic might be somewhat flawed. Needless to say, it was basically a 2 hour reminder of why I stuck with hockey my whole life.
Getting back to dynamic warm-ups…Yesterday I showed you a sample dynamic warm-up that hit all the essentials, but included a lot of common/well-known exercises. Today I just want to show you a few mobility drills that can be included into any dynamic warm-up routine that really focus on areas typically restricted in hockey players.
It’s far from ideal, but if you’re crunched for time, performing these 4 exercises will give you a decent warm-up before you start your training. As always, feel free to post comments below or email me directly.
Rectus Femoris Mobilization
Adductor Mobilization with External Rotation
Lying Internal Rotation Mobilization
Hockey Stick Dislocations
Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.