"It'll stunt their growth," "only do bodyweight," "they will get hurt!" Ultimately whether or not to incorporate traditional 'resistance' training depends on the individuals emotional maturity, NOT biology.
Women in Sport: My Message to Men
My contention is this: why is it ok, even encouraged for men to pursue sport with every fiber, regardless of the toll on their body, scars, weight gain, injury; but women are only expected to do so as long as they remain "feminine"?
Tuesday Thought: Athlete Development is NOT Linear
As a coach my job is to identify the factors that are going to have the greatest impact on each individual and then CONSTANTLY reassess and reprioritize in order to facilitate maximal training effect for each athlete!
Olympic Lifting For Hockey: Why I teach the catch
Olympic Lifting, or Weightlifting, refers specifically to the disciplines of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. These movements are highly technical and the ultimate expression of power! DISCLAIMER: First things first. Coaches, if you don't know how to perform and coach the lifts, DON'T! There are plenty of other ways to program for power development. … Continue reading Olympic Lifting For Hockey: Why I teach the catch
Know Your Role: The 4 Jobs of the Strength and Conditioning Coach
As the beginning of another hockey off-season is here, and all of the athletes are returning to regular training; I find myself speaking with potential new clients (athlete and parents). Usually that conversation starts with me asking, "what is it I can do for you?"
Is What You Said, What They Heard?
In every interaction there is what was said and what was heard; and they aren't always they same thing. Who's job is it to make sure that communication and understanding mesh?
Happy Hockey Hips
Do to the aggressive and repetitive nature of the skating stride, and the specific mechanics, hockey players are especially prone to issues with their hips and groin. But never fear, I've got three steps for you to ensure you have Happy Hockey Hips!
3 Ways Train Like an Athlete is False; and 3 Ways It’s True!
As cool as it may sound to train like [insert athlete name here], the reality is, its just not true and furthermore, for general health and wellness, not necessary.
Should Youth Hockey Players Focus on Body Fat %?
No! Check back with CoachJVi……. Haha just kidding, but not really. But, Ya let’s talk about that: Here is a secret. I don’t test BF% with the athletes I work with. I HAVE tested, when there is an inquiry from outside stakeholders (team coaches, S&C’s). However, I ensure that the process is understood by the … Continue reading Should Youth Hockey Players Focus on Body Fat %?
In-Season Training For Hockey Part 4: Why I Dislike ‘Dry Land’
While I applaud the parents, players and coaches for acknowledging work done outside of the confines of the ice surface has an impact on the overall quality of their teams play; I wish the term 'dry land' would be removed from the hockey vocabulary.