The Importance of Ankle Mobility in Skating

Have you ever heard a skating coach tell an athlete to get lower or get your knee over your toes? Sounds easy, but it may not always be the case. These types of skaters may not physically be able to get lower due to either strength deficits or lack of mobility or flexibility. The end result is a tall skater who bends more at the waist or hips instead of getting low enough by bending the knees and the ankles to get a strong, powerful stride. For this blog, we will look at the ankle joint and how a lack of mobility can affect 

Strength Training Based on Age

Strength training and conditioning can be started once the athlete is capable of understanding and learning how to do it properly.

Communicating with Parents

In the world of sports, there is an extremely important relationship between athletes, their teammates, and their coaches. However, there is also a relationship between coaches and the athlete’s parents.

Exercise of the Month

Lunge chop

Benefits of Strength Training

Many today in the world of fitness and athletics are often bringing up the topic of strength training, especially when it comes to athletes. Strength training is loosely defined as using bodyweight and free weight exercises in order to build up muscular strength and stability.

Technology and Training

In this day and age society has become much more reliant on technology to improve our lives.  We have gotten to the point where we can run our homes, work, and chores from a digital device while sitting on our comfortable couch.  The ease of living has increased obesity across the general population and shortened the overall lifespan of recent generations due to lack of physical activity.  Can we use this same technology to enhance workouts and make them more fun?  

Post Season Rest and Recovery in Hockey

As many junior, college and youth hockey seasons come to an end, it’s time to step back and take a look at the year, recover from the harsh demands both physically and mentally and set goals for the coming off season. Hopefully, you are playing in the USA Hockey National Championships, NCAA Frozen Four or Junior Playoffs, but if you aren’t, sit back and enjoy watching the games. See what those players are doing and what you need to improve on to 

Attitude is Everything

Much of life, especially in athletics, is out of our control. Decisions are made in games that athletes have absolutely no control over. Refs can choose to make calls, other players make dirty plays, coaches make decisions on lineups, and so much more.

Proper Nutrition

Proper nutrition in sports is absolutely essential to the modern-day athlete. Regardless of if the athlete is professional, collegiate, high school, or younger, they need to be fueling their bodies properly.

Strength Training: When is it Safe to Start?

It’s the age old question. When is it safe to start strength training? Let’s start with the difference between strength training and weight lifting. In my opinion, weight lifting is just one aspect of strength training. Weight lifting can mean a wide variety of things, but is typically associated with lifting free weights to increase muscle size. The Mayo Clinic states “when done properly, strength training offers many benefits to young athletes, but