The program runs in an 8 week macro cycle,
with changes in program intensity, duration, and
volume occurring weekly to have the athlete undergoing a constant training stimulus. The most common and effective form of load
progression for hockey players is Step Loading.
The Step Loading approach allows for the training load to be increased for three weeks in succession followed by a fourth week of a lesser load (see figure; shows step loading, mapped with projected performance improvements). This allows the body to compensate and regenerate to prepare for further load increases in the following weeks of training.
To successfully create a step load program intensity, and duration must be manipulated to allow for physiological adaptations and skill enhancement. Depending on the athlete’s position, age, and skill set, programs are individualized.
The most important thing when it comes to training athletes is planning, with the proper modalities and training programs
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