Analyzing Game Demands of Ice Hockey: Sprinting Emphasis

In a professional hockey game, players perform around 7 high intensity skating efforts per shift, including 1-2 sprints around 20-30m, accumulating over 2000m in high intensity skating throughout a game.
These sprinting efforts often have an impact on possession, scoring opportunities, and ultimately the outcome of the game.
Ice hockey is a repeat sprint sport, and as a result, hockey conditioning programs should be built around an understanding of the limiting factors to repeat sprint ability.
There are two other important considerations:

  1. Positional differences
  2. The impact of body position and contact during “slow to moderate speed” skating

More on these to come…

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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