Summer’s over and you may not have had the hockey training off season of champions. There may have been travelling, full-time job, laying on the beach, etc. keeping you from participating in a consistent off ice conditioning program. Maybe procrastination set in and you just never seemed to get started for no good reason. However now the try outs are in full swing or the teams have already been picked. If you were fortunate enough to make the cut, now what do you do. Should you go no holds barred right into an in season hockey training program? Hoping to catch up to some of your team mates that may have worked out consistently over the summer?
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To tell you the truth that’s probably the worst thing you could do. Lets discuss a few points that will help you and hopefully improve your conditioning without running the risk of injuring yourself from over training. This can all be accomplished with the right in season hockey training program.
First off, you need to start with the basics. When you head in to the the gym for your twice per week workouts concentrate on learning correct movement patterns such as a proper squat, hip hinge, and neutral spine. Get in the habit of foam rolling, static stretching, and warming up with dynamic movement before you hit the weights.
Dialling in your nutrition can go a long way in giving you a good base for recovery. Consume real food and stay away from processed packaged goods that have no nutritional value.
Make sure you are getting minimum 8-10 hours of sleep at night. This is when the body rebuilds itself.
Lastly take in 8 glasses of water throughout the day to help replenish your system after practices and games and aid in flushing out waste products created by intense activity.
In Season Hockey Training Minimizes Stress
Managing your stress levels is a key consideration when dealing with in season hockey training. Whether it be physical, emotional, or psychological. If you are not getting the proper recovery these stresses can take over and wreak havoc on your performance. Final exams, boy/girlfriend issues, lack of sleep etc. can have a bigger impact then you may think.
Performing some form of in season hockey training is better then nothing. Starting out by working on a foundation should be your first step. I will be writing a post in the near future with some tips about constructing an in season hockey program and why it’s important, so stay tuned and have a great year.
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