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

Training to Improve Repeat Sprint Ability

There are two main strategies for improving repeat sprint ability:

  1. Improve initial sprint performance
  2. Improve recovery between sprints

If you’re interested in training strategies to improve speed, check out the previous series I did on Speed Training for Hockey (also available at my instagram account: @KevinNeeld)

Clearly, training to improve speed requires maximum effort, high-intensity work bouts. What may be less obvious is that the most effective strategies for training a player to SUSTAIN these high-intensity efforts lean heavily on aerobic training.

Train high to improve speed.

Train low to improve recovery.

High. Low.

A key message here is to MINIMIZE work at moderate intensities.

I’ll share some specific examples in future posts, but feel free to post any other comments/questions you have below. If you found this helpful, please share/re-post it so others can benefit.

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.