A few great additions to the site this week:

Anaheim Ducks Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Skahan wrote an article called Reap the Benefits of Proper Stretching. If you’ve stayed current with the scientific research behind stretching, you know that it’s been a controversial topic for the last decade or so. As with any debate, there are people on both extremes. Some say you must stretch; others say it’s a complete waste of time (this comes as a surprise to most people in the hockey world). Much of the discrepancy lies in what people are thinking of when they hear “stretching” and when various stretching strategies are used. Sean does a great job of describing different kinds of stretching and if/when they’re appropriate to use.

Check it out >> Reap the Benefits of Proper Stretching

Darryl Nelson, the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the U.S. National Team Development Program, posted an off-season hockey training program. With the off-season rapidly approaching for most youth programs, I thought this was a timely addition. As I’ve mentioned in the past, there is a ton of value to be gained from seeing how other coaches design programs. In most cases, it’s not appropriate to take the program and use it “as is”, but you can pull ideas about exercise selection, order, and pairing, and other program design strategies from seeing how successful experienced coaches design theirs.

Hockey Training Program Here >> Off-Season Strength Training Program

My friend Maria Mountain has been a welcomed member to the Hockey Strength and Conditioning community. This week she posted an article entitled Top 5 Take Homes from my Weekend with Dr. Stuart McGill that I think anyone working with hockey players should take a few minutes to read. In the article, Maria describes several big-picture messages she gathered from Stuart McGill, one of the world’s leading researchers on low back injuries. As these are injuries that effect an overwhelming majority of both the hockey and general populations, it’s imperative that we do everything we can do understand how to avoid them. Maria’s article will get you started on that path.

Check it out >> Top 5 Take Homes from my Weekend with Dr. Stuart McGill

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To your continued success,

Kevin Neeld

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Check out what you missed this week at Hockey Strength and Conditioning!

Program/Article: Late Off-Season Workout from Maria Mountain
Maria’s program was from early August when her players weren’t skating on a daily basis yet. As such, the goals of the problem were improving max strength and metabolic conditioning through circuit training.

Program: Lower Back Re-Conditioning-Phase 2 from Sean Skahan
This program demonstrates how Sean reintegrates a player with a recent history of low back problems back to health. It’s always interesting to see how the best of the best put together their programs. Seeing programs from Coach Skahan, Coach Potenza and Coach Boyle is one of the coolest parts about the site.

Video: Multi-Planar Hip Mobility and Activation Exercises from me
These are three videos a few of my favorite hip mobility and activation exercises. The intro to this article also briefly describes how a single conversation with Nick Tumminello led me to rewriting all of my warm-ups!

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To your continued success,

Kevin Neeld

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