One of the most common questions I get is “what’s the best way to condition for hockey?” Often times, people are looking for one prescription (e.g. “Do 12 sets of 15s of work with 45s of rest”). This review paper from Girard et al. (2010) details the factors that contribute to fatigue in repeat sprint efforts… Read more
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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… Read more
Lateral Bound from Pause w/ Drop Start Similar goal as the Squat Jump w/ Quick Dip with maximizing transition speed except now the push is lateral, so the athlete should “push the turf away” to cover as much ground laterally as possible. The emphasis is on the push, NOT on reaching out with the lead… Read more
The stretch reflex of the quadriceps is typically utilized from a low position in skating. This is the first of two examples of simple modifications to commonly performed jumping exercises to emphasize the stretch reflex and power output from these “skating-specific” positions. Squat Jump w/ Quick Dip The athlete starts around skating depth, quickly dips, and then… Read more
See below for a quick video on rate of force development. Force output following a quick stretch (i.e. the stretch reflex) can be enhanced with INTENT and training. INTENT to move quickly recruits high force motor units earlier and leads to faster rate of force development, both in the short-term and as a result of training. INTENT… Read more