Rotational power is an essential physical quality to train in most team sports. There are a few key layers to improving rotational power: Does the athlete have the foundational capacity to effectively perform rotational patterns (i.e., do they have optimal hip and thoracic spine rotation)? Can the athlete separate/dissociate lower/upper body rotation? Can the athlete… Read more
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Varying starting positions and incorporating partner chases are great ways to both teach/challenge different movement strategies and keep training engaging/fun for kids. General rule: Pick 2 patterns to reinforce for the day and put the slower start position in the back. Switch positions after each rep, and read the room to see if the kids… Read more
Lateral and rotational jumps can help goalies improve the speed at which they get across the crease. One piece of feedback I’ve heard from goalies over the years is that after going through a training phase to improve speed/power, they OVER push, and end up past the position they need to be in. A couple… Read more
Goalies need to generate power in lateral and rotational patterns. The Lateral Bound with Rotational Rebound is an example of a jump progression that emphasizes both patterns along with body control through the transition. The goal is to cover as much ground as possible in each jump, while controlling the transition and the landing. We’ll… Read more
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