Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

Functional Core Training

My schedule has been exceptionally busy this week.  Papers/articles to write, presentations to prepare, marketing to do, etc.  No complaints-I’m fortunate to spend the large majority of my day doing things I’m passionate about.  But because I’m limited on time, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today.

More on Core Training
Core training receives more publicity than any other aspect of training.  I’ll spare you (for now) my long rant about how most people fall victim to the brilliant marketing of worthless products.  The fact is, even people with a great understanding of how to train the core for its true functions, stability and force transfer, still miss out on one thing.  In many instances, the core functions reactively.  In other words, some movement (sensory input) causes the core muscles to fire (motor output) to produce stability.  While I love planking, those exercises are limited in their ability to train the core to be reactive.  I go into this in a bit more detail in the Core Training Session (which is available for free download for a limited by entering your name and email address in the box to the right) of my Off-Ice Performance Training Course.  Over the next couple days, I’ll be posting my favorite reactive core exercises.  You’ll probably notice some similarities with other exercises I’ve presented in the past. Stay tuned…

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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.