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DAILY DISH: Hockey Core Fitness Junior Hockey News

Published: Thursday, 30 Jul 2020  
By: Stephen Heisler,

In the past we spent a lot of time talking about psychological fitness so today we're going to get into the importance of proper physical core training as it relates to the high end junior hockey player.

Hockey at this level increases the demands on areas of the body that most people never get around to training.  The physical toll that is taken during the average game is completely foreign to most.  They never realize what it takes to become game ready.

As players move from the midget level to junior, the physical demand often exceeds the players individual level of power and strength.

Players should have a better understanding of the intense core training needed to exceed at the junior level.

Nothing is more boring than the same training routine day after day.  Combine cardio workouts with explosive training methods to increase power.  By combining traditional exercise with an explosive exercise, more muscle fibers are stimulated in different ways.  Many off-ice conditioning coaches utilized medicine balls as the preferred tool for explosive straight work.  There are other ways to incorporate explosive movement into your routines.

Dynamic strength comes from training the core to move.  Increasing core strength is required to generate more torque, which is relayed to the extremities to create power, which is released from stick to puck creating velocity.  Back and shoulder strength and stabilization are required for the torque to flow into power, and ultimately, velocity.

Players that spend an adequate amount of time increasing core strength will find themselves at an advantage over those that are simply playing the game. 

While the game continues to curb fighting, there's an increased demand for players willing to bring the body to every shift.  It takes incredible core strength to deliver that attribute shift after shift, and game after game, over the course of an entire season. 

It takes more than a big body and psychological strength; the player must possess incredible core strength to be a physical difference maker on the ice

The players that can successfully fill that role are in the highest demand. Are you willing to put in the work?

Author: Stephen Heisler from
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with Victorious Hockey Company. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.

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