Posts in "Hockey Conditioning"

Hockey Conditioning: Where to start

Hockey Conditioning: Where to start

Different players will have different limiting factors to their conditioning. Answering these questions may help the player hone in on more specific strategies for their individual needs: Can the player hold low positions for extended periods of time? (see previous post for target times) Can the player generate speed? (see previous series for information on… Read more

The Foundation for Hockey Conditioning: Split Squat Holds

The Foundation for Hockey Conditioning: Split Squat Holds

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared some research underlying why I believe hockey should be viewed as a “repeat sprint” sport. One thing I didn’t mention…repeat sprint ability should be built on a foundation of low position endurance. Maintaining low positions provides an opportunity for players to develop maximal power through each stride,… Read more

Training to Improve Repeat Sprint Ability

Training to Improve Repeat Sprint Ability

There are two main strategies for improving repeat sprint ability: Improve initial sprint performance Improve recovery between sprints If you’re interested in training strategies to improve speed, check out the previous series I did on Speed Training for Hockey (also available at my instagram account: @KevinNeeld) Clearly, training to improve speed requires maximum effort, high-intensity… Read more

Physiological Demands of Ice Hockey

Physiological Demands of Ice Hockey

There are many ways to analyze the physiological demands of a sport, but tracking heart rate (HR) is the most commonly used. When looking at the HR response during shifts of male Canadian university players, forwards had higher peak and average HRs compared to defensemen. This is consistent with my experience, and speaks to the… Read more