During the season, there are time when players should perform extra “conditioning” work.
When making daily decisions on how to design this type of work, it’s helpful to ask these 3 questions:
· What does the player need?
· What has the player done recently?
· How long does the player have to recover?
This will help identify the most impactful training goal, appropriate training method, and volume of work to help the player make progress while not negatively impairing the ability to compete the next day.
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To your success,
P.S. For more information on in- and off-season program design, training and reconditioning for injured players, and integrating sports science into a comprehensive training process, check out Optimizing Adaptation & Performance
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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.