All posts by Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP, Founder, Dry-land Hockey Training
The hardest part of my job is educating parents and coaches by having them understand the facts and myths about off-ice development. Most of all understanding that it’s a long-term […]
Mike Pickles shows that the off-season can be just as important as the season in his latest article.
Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program […]
Young hockey players need to enjoy summer but some training will be important for tryouts come fall.
Summer is here and as much as young athletes are excited for family vacations they can’t forget about getting into game shape for the fall. Strength, power and speed are […]
If minor hockey players aren’t physically and mentally exhausted after a long regular season, now they are driving their bodies further into exhaustion, creating more physical imbalances and in some cases, which I’ve seen, mentally burning out from hockey. Aside from the experience playing in highly competitive tournaments, spring hockey eats up the most valuable time of a young player’s development.
This whole non-sense of resistance training (or weight training) is dangerous for kid’s growth plates are absolutely absurd. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim and it’s based on nothing but an assumption. Whether a young athlete performs a squat using only their own body weight or added weight, it’s no more dangerous than doing simple push ups with a ten pound plate on their back, and both are resistance training.
Setting goals not only helps young hockey players to stay focused, but also can be a strong life skill for achieving success in future endeavors. Coaches set goals for their team and it should be no different for parents and players.
Lack of proper nutrition stacked on top of the work load hockey players have will inevitably lead to underperformance and fatigue.
I think parents and coaches would agree with me that as we age, the most important thing we can hold dearest to our hearts is sharing memories. My point is such that sometimes the focus on competitive hockey can be narrowed towards just winning, but there’s much more behind what the great game en-compasses. The hustle and bustle of getting to practices, games and tournaments during a hockey sea-son can leave families forgetting what it’s really all about.
What coaches need to understand about the whole process is this: the problem might actually be something completely different than what they think it is.
We all know that accidents happen and some players get injured during the season from collisions, but what about when a player pulls or strains a muscle without knowing how it happened. Those kinds of injuries are completely preventable and must be addressed.