How old do I have to be to perform the testing?
We will test any age above 8 years old. We have tested all the way up to 50 years of age, so there is no limit.
Do you only test boys (men), or can girls (women) be tested also?
We can test both men and women of any age group and compare them to their specific gender. This is a feature that we pride ourselves in, as the growth of women's hockey continues to grow at an increasingly rapid rate.
What ages do your conditioning programs start at?
Our conditioning programs begin at the age of 8. We only use body-assisted exercises (push-ups, etc) for ages 18 and under. It has been shown in several studies that young athletes working out with a unassisted weight program can significantly hurt and damage themselves in the present and future.
Am I too old for your conditioning programs?
Our conditioning programs will be effective for the ages 8-18. To make the program consistently work over that age of 18, we have to understand what machinery the athlete has availability to, and this can be too broad of an area. We felt that hockey players who are trying to further their career or get in better shape for the team will be between these ages.
What is better, off-ice or on-ice testing for my team?
This is a very tough question that you will need to answer yourself. First discover what you think your teams weakness' are. Is it a lack of endurance in the third period (off-ice testing)?, poor puck handling skills (on-ice testing)?, lack of speed between the blue lines (on and off-ice testing)? Find this out and you will hopefully get an answer. If you discover what your weakness are and are still not sure what testing you should do, ask us or do both testing for a combined price.
Why am I paying for the test results? and How much are they?
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.
Can I get medical coverage for an event in my area?
We are currently only available in the Greater Toronto area (Ontario, Canada). To find someone in your local area, call a local sports medicine clinic and ask for a athletic therapist or trainer that does medical coverage for sporting events. You'll be surprised how many people will be willing to help you out.
Why should I hire someone when I can get a service like Red Cross for free?
Red Cross is an excellent service that have been assisting people for years. However, Red Cross employees are often only trained in first aid and not with specific sports injuries. An Athletic Therapist knows the differences between an A.C.L. (Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the knee) injury from an M.C.L. (Medial Collateral Ligament of the knee). Now you are wondering, so why does that matter? It matters because some injuries can return to play right away at the therapist's discretion. They will have a far better understanding what severity of sprain and whether to continue playing or not. Any other first aid individual may just be too cautious and keep the star player out of the third period when they could have helped score that winning goal with no adverse effect on the knee.