Performance Tips #10: Medicine Ball Bound Toss

Recovering After a Long Season

The hockey season can be a grind. Most youth players start practicing in August and finish games in March or April. That’s eight to nine months of two to three practices a week and anywhere from 25 to 60 games or more played, not to mention any private lessons and dryland. This can take a huge toll on an athlete both physically and mentally. In the 2002-2003 NHL season, the Mighty Ducks played 113 games including the regular season and pre and post season. It was a great run to the Stanley Cup Finals that ended in June. By the time everyone one got home, it seemed like the training camp was around the corner. Instead of having time off to recover, everyone went right back in to training. This affected both their physical and mental preparation for the following 

3 Things to Remember Before Championships

USA Hockey and NCAA Hockey National Championships are this week, so I think it's a good time to remind players about the little things that make a huge difference in every competition. You have spent the last six to nine months preparing to get to Nationals.

In Season Training for Baseball

With the Major League Baseball season about to get underway, we are nearing the end of baseball's pre-season and about to enter the regular season.  For colleges and high schools, they have been in-season for about a month already.  This article will discuss the importance of in-season training and how it differs from off-season training.



Compete's Recovery Foam Roll and Stretches

These are the foam roll, ball, and stretch exercises that we use every day at Compete to keep our athletes healthy and to prevent injuries. Utilize this chart as a guide and implement it into your daily routine. The supplies that are needed are a foam roll and a lacrosse ball/tennis ball.

Performance Tips #9: Spiderman into Hamstring Stretch

Performance Tips #9: Spiderman into Hamstring Stretch

Use These Two Simple Exercises to Improve Your Speed on the Ice

Today’s hockey game is faster than ever. Today’s young stars like Connor McDavid and Johnny Gaudreau are so effective because of their speed. Perennial MVP’s Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have an unreal ability to accelerate and beat their opponent to the puck, which makes them so successful. Speed is determined by stride length times stride frequency. Obviously, DNA has a lot to do with speed, but it can be trained successfully. Improving flexibility and strength in the legs and the mobility of the hip and ankle joints can allow for more efficient movements and a faster stride. Utilize the following two exercises to improve your strength and power that will make you a faster skater.


The Basics of Safe Pitching Mechanics

Even though most pitchers have unique deliveries and mechanics, there are some basics that all pitchers should have in common to pitch safely.  First, pitchers should generate their power from the ground up.  The arm is like a bullwhip.  It is mostly there to direct where the ball is going, and that is dictated by the hand/wrist and the timing of ball release.  Kids should not be trying to "muscle up" on their pitches by using only their shoulders.  The sequential nature of pitching allows for the pitcher to build up power from their legs, hips, and core, and then unwinding this stored power during the acceleration phase.  Now, the arm does need to generate rotation about the shoulder, but the vast majority of the throwing velocity depends on  


Compete Now an Official Partner of The Rinks

February 22, 2017 – Compete Sports Performance and Rehab is proud to announce that they are now an Official Partner of The Rinks. “I’m excited to further our relationship with the organization that I have been involved with for many years. Both groups are committed to growing the sport of hockey in California and I feel we have both made an impact in doing so.” stated Chris Phillips, owner of Compete and former Head Athletic Trainer of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.  Compete has locations inside The Rinks in Westminster and 3100 square foot facility in Lake Forest. They offer sports performance training, personal training and sports injury rehab. Compete clients have had over 75 college commitments since opening in 2009.

The Rinks Marketing Manager, Jesse Chatfield noted

Performance Tips #8: TRX Overhead Squat

TRX Overhead Squat