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

In-Season Rotational Core Training for Hockey Players

After spending last week showing examples of rotational core exercises and how to fit them into part of a progression, I thought it would be a logical time to mention a big change that should occur in-season for hockey players, baseball players, and golfers.

Remember that in all three of these sports, athletes are taking a lot of reps in a rotational pattern in ONE direction.  Assuming the athlete in all three sports is right handed, they’re likely to get a ton of repetitions in a rotational pattern to the left, just from their sport.

From a training standpoint, this is when it’s important to have an unbalanced training program to help maintain structural balance within the body.

It’s really not complicated. In any rotational core exercises, just do one set in the direction you shoot, and 3-4 sets in the opposite direction.

-Kevin Neeld

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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.