Availability: The Best Attribute for an Athlete

Availability: The Best Attribute for an Athlete

When we look at what makes an athlete superior, we look at speed, strength, and power. Some will look at how the athlete performs under pressure like scoring an overtime goal or striking out a batter with the bases loaded. Others may look at winning such as an elite...

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Getting Stronger, Not Bigger

Getting Stronger, Not Bigger

All the hype on social media today stresses how cool it is to be huge and lift heavy weights. You can’t look at Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok without seeing some pro athlete or someone trying to be a pro athlete lifting an outrageous amount of weight one time and...

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How to Work Core Stability in a Standing Position

How to Work Core Stability in a Standing Position

The term “core stability” has been around for decades. There are many different aspects of core stability, but to me, we are speaking about the muscles that allow your trunk to flex, extend, rotate and side bend. They are also the muscles that resist these movements...

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Planning with Purpose: How to Attack the Off-Season

Planning with Purpose: How to Attack the Off-Season

The off-season for a hockey player seems to get shorter and shorter every year.  Every athlete I see in our facilities wants to get bigger and stronger or rehabilitate a nagging injury from the previous season.  When are we supposed to find the time to achieve these...

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Summer Tournament Time

Summer Tournament Time

It is the time of year when hockey tournaments are dominating the schedule. Whether it’s a Narch event, State Wars, or a fun off season ice tournament, the hockey athlete still needs to take care of their body. Tournament play brings about several variables that are...

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Shoulder Sprains in Hockey Players

Shoulder Sprains in Hockey Players

Can you tell me what a “separated shoulder” injury is?  It’s not the same as a dislocated shoulder and you may be surprised to know how many professional players have sustained this injury.  In fact, when I recently spoke with Joe Huff who is the head athletic trainer...

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Hip Mobility

Hip Mobility

One of the most common requests I get from hockey players when they are referred to me for training is the need for increased hip mobility. But what does that mean? And how does better hip mobility make you a better skater in hockey? Mobility plays a significant role...

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Off Season – Now What?

Off Season – Now What?

One of the big mistakes that the most committed youth athletes make is training the same way in-season that they do in the off-season. No one training model is perfect. Start with the problem at hand and let that dictate the plan on how to solve the problem. Below is...

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Why an Athletic Trainer?

Why an Athletic Trainer?

Providing healthcare everywhere. That is the 2022 slogan for 2022’s National Athletic Training Month. But where is “everywhere?” Athletic trainers provide a unique perspective and skill set that is valuable in many different settings. You can find athletic trainers in...

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Training by the Numbers

Training by the Numbers

Hockey players love their numbers when it comes to performance. How hard is my shot? How fast can I skate from here to there? The booming world of sports science has brought data collection on hockey performance to a new level. Where the stopwatch used to be the go-to...

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