Today, we’ll wrap up the “Best of 2012” series with the Top Resources/Product Reviews of 2012. If you’ve missed any of the previous articles in this series, you can check them out at the links below:

  1. Top Hockey Training and Development Posts of 2012
  2. Top Performance Training and Injury Prevention Posts of 2012
  3. Top Hockey Nutrition Posts of 2012
  4. Top Hockey Training Videos of 2012

Without futher adieu…

  1. Body By Boyle Online from Michael Boyle and MBSC
  2. Functional Strength Coach 4 (Also see: Functional Strength Coach 4 Videos) from Michael Boyle
  3. BioForce HRV from Joel Jamieson
  4. Zeo Sleep Manager
  5. Strength in Motion DVDs from Patrick Ward, Joel Jamieson, and Charlie Weingroff
  6. Triphasic Training from Cal Dietz
  7. Elite Training Mentorship from Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Dave Schmitz and BJ Gaddour
  8. Exercises for the Landmine from Shawn Windle
  9. Slideboard Training for Hockey and Kettlebell Lifting for Hockey from Sean Skahan
  10. Earthing Products
  11. Bioletics

That’s a wrap for the “Best of 2012” series. Thanks again for your continued support! http://www.kevinneeld.com/2012/recovery-week-monitoring-nutrient-and-hormone-status

To your success,

Kevin Neeld
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I haven’t spent as much time reading others’ websites as I typically do over the last 6 months as I’ve been chin-deep in massage school, a few good books, and working on a couple projects for Endeavor. That said, I’ve come across several awesome articles that I wanted to share with you that cover a range of topics from hockey training to parenting to manual therapy to soccer preparation (these articles have direct applications to hockey players too!). Most of these won’t take very long to read, so don’t be overwhelmed by the number of articles here. Lots of good stuff so grab a seat somewhere comfortable and dig in!

This will do.

  1. Shoulder Injuries in Hockey Players from David Lasnier
  2. Those Who Have Influenced Me from Sean Skahan
  3. Some Thoughts on Training the Lactate System from Patrick Ward (Read the comments section too!)
  4. My 13 Simple Rules for Hockey Parents Everywhere from John Buccigross
  5. Parenting Advice from a Former NFL Head Coach via Mike Boyle
  6. Lessons from Inside Out Coaching: The 20 Year Window from Mike Boyle
  7. Every Hockey Parent Should Read This via Mike Boyle
  8. Not Everyone Gets A Trophy from Anthony Donskov
  9. A Note to the High School Athlete, From: Your Strength Coach from Anthony Donskov
  10. Sprinting and Hockey Players from Jeff Cubos
  11. Discussing dynamic ligament stabilization, performance of orthopaedic tests, and proper palpation technique for osseous articulations from Andreo Spina
  12. Paradigm Shift: On changing the manual therapy zeitgeist from Andreo Spina
  13. McKenzie Method vs. SFMA from Charlie Weingroff
  14. An interview with Philadelphia Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin from Broad Street Hockey
  15. The Prevalence of Hip Abnormalities in Soccer Players from Matt Siniscalchi
  16. Basic Soccer Strength Program from Matt Siniscalchi
  17. Core Stability for Soccer Athletes from Matt Siniscalchi
  18. Fatigued? How to Modify Your Training Program To Keep Progressing from Matt Siniscalchi

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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I hope you’ve been well. The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind…although I think I’ve said that for the last couple of months so I suppose things have been pretty typical for this time of year!

Over the last the two weeks I’ve added a few interesting hockey training posts, including a presentation I gave to ~185 14-year old players in Colorado Springs a couple weeks. If you haven’t already, check them out at the links below:

  1. Hockey Training Stuff You Should Read
  2. GAP Golf Fitness Q&A
  3. Hip Active Isolated Stretching for Hockey Players
  4. Hip and Thoracic Mobility Exercise for Hockey Players
  5. USA Hockey Regional Camp Recap
  6. USA Hockey Camp Q&A

We’ve also added some pretty good stuff over at Hockey Strength and Conditioning over the last couple of weeks, including a few articles from new contributors.

Articles

  1. Defenseman Specific Speed from Sean Skahan
  2. Reconditioning Phase: Step One in Off-Season Programming from Devan McConnell
  3. Youth Hockey Training Presentation from me
  4. Children’s Footwear from Dr. William Rossi
  5. Top 5 Quotes from Perform Better Summit, Chicago from Brian Sipotz

Programs

  1. 3-Day Off-Season Program from Darryl Nelson
  2. Pre-Camp Work Capacity Phase from Mike Potenza
  3. Youth Training Program: Tri-Planar Circuits from Mike Potenza

Videos

  1. Single-Leg Complex Training from Sean Skahan

That’s a wrap for today. As always, if you aren’t a member yet, I encourage you to try out Hockey Strength and Conditioning for a week. It’ll only cost $1, and if it’s not the best buck you’ve ever spent, I’ll personally refund you!

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Kevin Neeld

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Back on track this week with a wrap-up of this week’s (and the three preceding week’s since I’ve been slacking) activity in the world of hockey strength and conditioning. Over the last several weeks, I’ve added several articles on topics ranging from strength and conditioning internships to specific hockey training techniques to maximize performance and minimize injury risk. Check out what you’ve been missing at the links below.

  1. Strength and Conditioning Internships
  2. The Myth of Wrist Strength in Hockey
  3. Managing Structural and Functional Asymmetries: Part 1
  4. Managing Structural and Functional Asymmetries: Part 2
  5. Improving Athletic Performance Beyond Peak Strength: Part 1
  6. Improving Athletic Performance Beyond Peak Strength: Part 2
  7. Off-Season Hockey Training Program
  8. Men’s Fitness: Hockey Training Feature
  9. What It Means To Be A “Boyle Guy”

We’ve also added a TON of great content over at Hockey Strength and Conditioning. I HIGHLY encourage you to read through all of these pieces as I think there is an awesome combination of quality information, great training programs, and unique exercises that will apply to players at multiple levels. We’ve also had a few terrific contributions from a few guys I hold in a very high regard in Anthony Donskov, Jim Snider, and Kyle Bangen. Check out the links below.

Articles

  1. Debit Card Strength and Conditioning: In-Season Account Withdrawls from Anthony Donskov
  2. Essential Components of a Strength Training Program from Darryl Nelson
  3. Pro’s vs. Joe’s from Jim Snider
  4. Triple Flexion Training Considerations in Hockey from Kyle Bangen

Programs

  1. Spring Training 4-Day Per Week from Darryl Nelson
  2. Summer 2012 GPP Phase 1 from Mike Potenza
  3. 2012 5-Day Off-Season Hockey Training Program: Phase 1 from me
  4. Off-Season 2012 Phase 2 Strength Training from Sean Skahan

Videos

  1. Side Lying 1-Leg Hip Extension from Sean Skahan
  2. 2 Arm DB Snatch from Darryl Nelson
  3. Phase 1 Sprinting Variations from me
  4. Hip Extension Holds from Mike Potenza

That’s a wrap for today. As always, if you aren’t a member yet, I encourage you to try out Hockey Strength and Conditioning for a week. It’ll only cost $1, and if it’s not the best buck you’ve ever spent, I’ll personally refund you!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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What a week! This week we kicked off our off-season training for some of the Team Comcast youth hockey organization at our mini-facility in their rink in Pennsauken and we had several more players trickle back in to Endeavor to start preparing for next year. On top of that, yesterday I threw the gear on for the first time in too long and skated with David Lasnier a few of the junior players that we train. It felt good to get back out there!

It’s been a while since my last Hockey Strength and Conditioning Update, so hopefully you’ve been keeping up with everything. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve added an article series and several other articles pertaining to off-ice hockey training and hockey nutrition. If you missed them, check out them out at the links below:

  1. Youth Hockey Training Blueprint: Part 1
  2. Youth Hockey Training Blueprint: Part 2
  3. Youth Hockey Training Blueprint: Part 3
  4. Unconventional Approaches to First Step Quickness
  5. A 4-Step Plan for Off-Season Weight Gain
  6. Hockey Nutrition: Grocery Shopping

In the future, I plan on writing more on hockey-specific skills and what structural or functional limitations may prevent a player (or goalie) from expressing/fulfilling their full potential. If you have any areas you’d like me to cover specifically, please let me know in the comments section below.

Hockey Strength and Conditioning has been busy over the last few weeks as well. Check out what you’ve been missing:

Programs

  1. 2011-2012 Core/Hip Program: Phase 1 from Sean Skahan
  2. 4-Day Off-Season Program from Darryl Nelson
  3. Slideboard Training Ideas from Mike Potenza

Great stuff all around from these guys. I was interested to see that Potenza programs his slideboard intervals by touches instead of time, and alters the board length to achieve a different training effect, two things that I haven’t done much of at Endeavor. It’s always good to get a fresh perspective on things.

Videos

  1. 8-Second Stiffness Jumps from Mike Potenza
  2. Seated T-Spine Extension from Sean Skahan

Mike’s video is a great follow-up to an article on the benefits of stiffness that his assistant Eric wrote for the site a couple weeks ago. Sean provides a great t-spine mobility exercises, which is a restriction we see in the majority of our players.

Articles

  1. Should We Strengthen Our Toe Flexors from Sean Skahan
  2. Sport-Specific Leg Press from Darryl Nelson and Carrie Keil

Sean does a great job of explaining his rationale for training a largely overlooked muscle group. Although it’s been for different reasons, I’ve been asking similar questions as I’ve noticed that some of our players tend to lose big toe contact/pressure with certain movements. Quick Side Note: We have our players do a number of lifts without shoes on, and this is one of the reasons why. It allows us to get a better idea of how they load through their ankles and feet and how their ground-based compensations may be feeding other things we see higher up in the chain. Darryl and Carrie explain how and why they use a piece of equipment for “on-ice resistance training”. I’ve been aware of this piece for a while, but haven’t used it because of the setting I’m in. After watching the videos I’m extremely interested.

Podcast

  1. Hockey Strength Podcast with Sean Skahan

The podcast is quickly becoming one of my favorite features of the Hockey Strength and Conditioning community. If you haven’t been listening to these, definitely check them out!

That’s a wrap for today. As always, if you aren’t a member yet, I encourage you to try out Hockey Strength and Conditioning for a week. It’ll only cost $1, and if it’s not the best buck you’ve ever spent, I’ll personally refund you!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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