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

Single-Leg Stability

The Valslide Skate Position Circle and 2-Way Skater are two exercises we’ll integrate into our prep work or pair with main exercises to help reinforce low position stability of the stance leg.

In both variations, we’re looking to keep the hip, knee and toes in a straight line throughout the movement.

In the Valslide Skate Position Circle, the emphasis is on locking out the long leg, and keeping the hips stable as the leg “sweeps” around to the back position and then back through to the start.

In the 2-Way Skater, the goal is to reach as far laterally and as far under, finishing through the toes in both, while keeping the hips facing forward.

Typically performed for 2-3 sets of 6 reps each.

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To your success,

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.