Over the last few months, I’ve shared examples of how an athlete’s speed or conditioning can be limited by different factors, and how game demands vary by position in ice hockey.
The reality is that every athlete is starting from a unique place, and therefore requires a specific path to get from where they are to where they want to go. As a result, the more a training program can cater to the specific needs of the individual, the more effective (or efficient) it will be in helping that athlete achieve his or her goals.
Making individualized adjustments can be challenging in a team or group environment, but here are 3 simple strategies:
There are countless ways to use there 3 strategies, but the first two can be particularly helpful when the facility requires players to be in the same area (e.g. in a squat rack) at the same time.
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To your success,
P.S. If you’re interested in more information about how to profile an athlete’s needs and use the profile to individualize a training program, check out the videos at 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.