Before we jump into what’s been going on at Hockey Strength and Conditioning, I just wanted to remind you to check out my last post for some great gift ideas for the hockey enthusiasts in your life: Hockey Development Present Ideas
Sean Skahan got things rolling this week with a sample program he used to help a player come back from a low back injury. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m always interested in the way other successful coaches write programs because it provides incredible insight into their overall training philosophies. Sean did a good job of providing a few “qualifiers” to his program in the text. In the internet age where people are critiquing programs without a clue of the context in which they’re delivered, I think the extra information is beneficial in that it gives you a bit of background information on what led up to it. You can check out his article here:
Click Here >> Lower Back Reconditioning Phase 5 from Sean Skahan
I also added an article/video combo. A trend that I’m commonly seeing in our baseball and hockey players at Endeavor is that many players have a difficult time retracting and depressing their scapulae (shoulder blades) during pulling movements. Even more disconcerting is when these athletes fail to maintain this scapular position during pressing movements. The video in the article is an excerpt from one of our Endeavor staff meetings where I walk our staff through what the possible causes of this are and what can be to alleviate it. The article adds some valuable information as to the implications of this movement dysfunction and how to “prescribe” and monitor a stretching protocol. Check it out at the link below:
Click Here >> Preventing Shoulder Injuries II: Pec Minor Assessment and Stretching from me
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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.