There are no 2 players or bodies alike so every High Performance athlete requires a custom program. Very small training groups make this possible for individual feedback. Groups are formed based on the players’ level of play the previous season: CJHL, CHL, U Sports, NCAA or Pro.
NHL technical skating programs are designed after consultations with the Strength and Conditioning coach, the physiologist, in-season team coaches, skills coaches, the physiotherapist, mental performance coach and any other experts on the Player’s development team. The programs are carefully and fully integrated for the best results.
Every ice time consists of warm-up exercises for edging balance and control with postural alignment corrections. There are flexibility exercises for open and closed hips and are routinely done to help prevent groin strain and skating related injuries.
Balance-agility-speed is the focus throughout most of the ice time.
Players spend a large percentage of the game on 2 feet therefore complex movement patterns start from 2-foot gliding positions in a straight line of travel, from turns with and without the puck and with body contact and battling. Gliding, striding, turning and transitioning, accelerating-decelerating-accelerating and starting from a stand still or moving position are covered every session.
Foundational work on forward and lateral speed at various gears and multidirectional agility drills are implemented into every training block. Once a solid base is achieved then the drills are incorporated into conditioning sets.
As the game of hockey evolves so too does the forward skating stride. Barb Aidelbaum’s Skating checklist consists of the following components:
- Individual stance based on the player’s body type and size
- Hip positioning
- Stride pattern
- Arm and shoulder movement
- Propulsion phase
- Load and glide phase
- Stride extension
- Stride recovery
- Accelerated knee drive
- Weight transfer
- Weight distribution on various parts of the blade throughout different phases of the stride
Boot fit, boot flex, blade sharpening and blade contouring are discussed and sometimes tweaked.
Every aspect is vital to great game performance HOCKEYSKATING.
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