Off-Ice Conditioning

Why is Off-Ice Conditioning so important?

Minor hockey is becoming increasingly more competitive and physically demanding. Studies have shown that a majority of hockey injuries occur without any physical contact, but rather simple muscle pulls due to poorly trained or warmed up individuals (Table 1). “Power skating per se, even in the absence of contact, can predispose to musculotendinous injuries (usually of the groin)”. It goes on to state that over 40% of all hockey injuries were either muscle pulls or contusions, specifically the shoulder (22%) and knee (16%) which made up the majority of the bodily content. The same studies went on to show that pre-season examinations and off-ice conditioning programs can significantly minimize the frequency and severity of these hockey injuries. Therefore, we feel that today’s athletes must be knowledgeable on these sport specific components which will lead to success.

These studies prove that a significant amount of injuries can be prevented if the athlete is in the sports specific shape needed for the game of hockey. Hockey coaches today in the minor levels are well rounded and very adept at developing specific training skills for their athletes. However, the increasing needs in the realm of injury prevention, off or in-season conditioning and treatment of specific athletic injuries for players is developing into a wide spectrum in which coaches cannot be expected to specialize. This is where we can help!We do this because it is very difficult to program an individual's training regime without understanding their current level of physical fitness. Now that the athlete’s baseline fitness level has been determined, let us get started on the off-ice program.

What you will receive as part of the Off-Ice Conditioning Process:

Off-Ice Testing process (we do not feel that developing an off-ice program without determining your present fitness level can be accomplished effectively.) Flexibility (8 off-ice hockey specific stretches) program Sport specific (8 exercises) strengthening program Cardiovascular endurance and interval program Hockey specific nutritional program Plyometric program designed for hockey players. Professional Conditioning colour booklet that includes all the above. These exercises are pictured and performed by professional N.H.L. players like Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Doug Gilmour of the Montreal Canadiens. Full report on testing results returned with booklet. Full program made specifically to the athletes fitness level (i.e. number of sets, reps, and times)

The testing and conditioning process is very simple and can be done over the Internet. Here is how it works:

You will receive an e-mail to approve (or disprove) your medical history. Upon acceptance of your medical history, we will send you the link to the off-ice testing manual and chart. Perform the tests in your community with the help of a coach, parent or friend. Once the tests are completed, submit the results via the testing chart that is included in the manual. Once completed the tests and we have received your results, you will then be instructed on paying for the testing and conditioning process. Upon acceptance of your payment, we will compare the results to our database, and determine the athletes overall score. The results and conditioning booklet are immediately then shipped back to you to begin the off-ice program. conditioning

Why am I paying for the test results?

Our hockey player database has taken years to develop and you will not find it anywhere else in the world. We are able to compare your results to hockey players like yourself and therefore better analyze the findings. If you were to compare the results to the general public, this may not be as effective. The public is not at the same physical fitness level a hockey player is expected to be.

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