Training using Science

Advantages of Sport Specific Training

Although an athlete may enhance his or her speed and power with a non sport-specific program, the most effective program will match the metabolic and biomechanical characteristics of the training program to the sport activity. This level of specificity will train the appropriate metabolic systems by including exercises that duplicate the joint velocities and angular movements of the sport. Since ice-time is usually limited during games, and practices are spent going over game tactics, a players skate stride can be left unexamined. However with the use of the Hockey Treadmill our trainers are able to correct stride insufficiencies.

        Development of a training program using Science

Ice hockey is a strength, muscular endurance, speed, and power activity, with high requirements of energy needed, and recovery periods used to restore this energy. Agility, reaction time, and flexibility are also important factors in the development of a hockey player. A well-designed fitness program is essential for all ice hockey players, and it is important to realize that different age groups require different types of training programs

Periodization is the systemic process of planned variations in a program over a training cycle. The primary goals of periodization are met by appropriately manipulating volume (times per week), intensity (% of exertion), duration (length of session), and by effectively selecting the type of exercises for the athlete.

The Theory of Periodization has been scientifically studied and continues to be the main focus of several accomplished professors. It has proved to be an effective model for athletes at both the professional and amateur level.    


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