This Week in Hockey Strength and Conditioning

Last night I arrived back in Philadelphia after a great 8-day stay in San Jose. Adjusting to east coast time again is going to be rough. I can make the switch out there pretty easily, but coming back is a battle. Especially because I was up bright and early to head up to Montville, NJ for the FMS Level 1&2 courses. On my grind right now!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a hockey strength and conditioning update, but there have been a couple great additions over the last couple weeks.

Darryl Nelson added a new training program. This is a timely program as it’s the first phase of his Fall program. For those of you that are designing your pre-season and early in-season programs, this will be a great reference for you.

Check out the program here >> Fall Phase 1 Training Program

My new friend Chris Pietrzak-Wegner wrote a great article for coaches. While this was intended for training professionals, I think most of it applies to sport coaches as well. Chris was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Minnesota Wild for the last couple years and is a great guy that really knows his stuff. This article dials in on the basics of being a great coach. When I read it, it made me take a step back and do some self-examining. It can be difficult to go through the process, but it’s always beneficial.

Check it out here >> Three Questions Every Coach Should Ask Themselves

There are a bunch of great forum discussions worth looking into as well. Check out these threads:

  1. The Pros and Cons of Today’s Hockey Skates
  2. Creatine In-Season?
  3. Relative Importance of Hip Adduction
  4. Periodizing in-season and off-season: The general scope of things
  5. Concussion Protocol-Returning to play
  6. Darryl and others/Core Cooler?
  7. Injured players

It’s good to get questions from a variety of people with different perspectives. The above threads were started training professionals AND players and touch on important topics for everyone in hockey.

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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