Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science
Movement, Stress, and Injury Risk

Movement, Stress, and Injury Risk

Building on yesterday’s post on the impact of the interaction between conditioning and movement efficiency on performance… Movement quality and conditioning also impact injury risk. This 2013 study found that military personnel with slow 3-mile times (i.e. poor aerobic fitness) and poor movement quality (defined as FMS Score ≤ 14) were 4.2x more likely to… Read more

Movement Efficiency

Movement Efficiency

Great quote from Ben Peterson et al. Efficient movement can maximize performance for a given athlete’s conditioning level. The opposite is also true. Inefficient movement can also impair an athlete’s ability to display their high level of conditioning. Movement efficiency and conditioning go hand and hand. If a player is struggling late in shifts or… Read more

How would you change your program…

How would you change your program…

How would you change your program… When I started integrating more movement-based assessments into our intake process, it quickly became clear that every individual presents with different structures, mobility limitations and movement tendencies that will influence their ability to successfully perform certain exercises. This was the theme of my previous post – not all exercises… Read more

Influence of Structure on Exercise Selection

Influence of Structure on Exercise Selection

I had a great discussion the other week with @Rocky_Snyder for his Zelos podcast, and one of the things that came up was the influence of an athlete’s build on exercise selection. It reminded me of this slide from my “Performance Profiling as a Platform for Program Design” talk from our Optimizing Adaptation & Performance… Read more

Lateral Core Training: Tall Kneeling Anti-Rotation Press to Overhead

Lateral Core Training: Tall Kneeling Anti-Rotation Press to Overhead

Lateral core variation #4. This variation is a hybrid because the initial press-out requires using the core to resist rotation, and then the move to overhead shifts the stress to the lateral core to prevent leaning toward the cable column. Before pressing out, set-up by pushing your knees through the ground and reaching your head… Read more

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 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.