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

True Hockey Strength

This is what happens when you combine work ethic, raw strength, and a well-designed training program. The 1-Arm Dumbbell Hang Snatch is a great exercise to develop lower body explosiveness and force transfer through the core.
Endeavor will soon need to buy a new set of heavier dumbbells to accommodate Jamie’s dominance.

For the sport-specific fanatics out there that can’t see how this transfers on the ice, think of it this way. Any time you give or accept a check, you begin to produce force by pushing your skates into the ground, transfer the force through your core, and continue to transfer that force through your shoulder to an ill-prepared opponent. Any time you shoot you start to generate power through your hips, transfer it through your core, and follow through with your wrists.

Training isn’t about taking a pattern from the game (e.g. shooting with a weighted stick) and overloading it to death. In fact, that can lead to muscle imbalances that increase injury risk. Training is about teaching, reinforcing, and strengthening movement strategies, power generation/transfer and creating strength balance.

Train harder. Train smarter.

– 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.