Edmonton Fitness Training

Edmonton Fitness Training

All about Hockey Training

Irrespective of the level that hockey is played at or the age of the hockey players, it is imperative for players to keep their fitness levels consistent at all times. There are numerous factors that need to be kept in mind prior to and during hockey training sessions. It may come as a surprise to many that not all (including the specialist and professional hockey players) players are aware of the modalities of such training and related details. This may have a direct impact on their overall performance and fitness in the long run and in a worst-case scenario, it may lead to injuries.

The more intense a specific workout is, the longer it takes for the corresponding warming up for a particular match or game. A lot of effort and hard work goes into preparing for the ‘real thing’. It is this very specific pre-match effort that goes into the preparations that can make all the difference. Notwithstanding the duration of the game or the anticipated time a particular player would play, the duration of the training may well exceed the same. Such training become more intense if the importance of the game is higher or at an international level or stage or a high-pressure game which can be attributable to numerous reasons.

On the contrary, depending on the specific sport, the training modality or duration may be a simple one and not requiring much pre-match or game preparation or warm up.

When it comes to training for hockey, lots of questions are asked regarding the training methods that ought to be adopted for it. For example, should such training include weight training, power training, energy system based training, plyometrics etc? Moreover, which part of the body should require major focus for hockey players, such as lower body, upper body, a mixture of both or should it be customized for every specific player depending on his requirement. It appears that such training methods will vary from player to player; however, the rudimentary training drill should remain the same and can be easily undertaken by the assistance and guidance of a coach. In the case the players do not have the services of a coach or a trainer, they can learn by studying such training methodologies through training reading material, either in the form of books, magazines and fitness guides or even reading up on them online.

To state the obvious, the more detailed the overall work out (such as full body work out as opposed to a conditioning workout), the more time it will be required to warm up the body. The warm-up sessions and their timing may also vary depending on the fitness levels and overall physical and mental strength of the specific player.

Irrespective of the level at which you are playing hockey (i.e. as a novice, young player or a professional), the warm-up time remains more or less the same for both. Having said that, the intensity and specific nature of such training will vary in the case of a professional player who will be operating at a much higher and focused level as compared to a younger player. The novice players will be targeting or focusing on a more generic form of training which is primarily done in brief sessions and not based on hardcore warming up. In most cases, young players are, more often than not, exposed to simple movement drills which focus on developing and improving various coordination, body control and other aspects of the play such as how to be an effective defender.

The intensity and method of hockey training will also be affected and varied depending on the overall well being and health of the concerned player. Depending on the specific injury and condition of the player, a well-suited program may be developed for such a player which may kick off with a gradual training session building up to a more detailed and structured one. Such gradual processes cause and ensure that the player’s strengths and weaknesses are assessed and his ability to progress with such training in a specified duration. One ought to be careful and mindful of the fact that players prone or exposed to any injury, condition or limitation may be restricted in their ability to move or maneuver in a specific manner or from one position to the other. On the contrary, all may be fine with a specific player nevertheless their pre-existing condition, however, it is better to be safe than sorry and that is only possible if such players are handled carefully and are exposed to a comprehensive training program.

A stable body system i.e. symmetry in muscles is also another factor that ought to be observed and rectified during hockey warm-up sessions. This happens when a specific muscle area in a player’s body is stiff on one side and normal on the other. In order to ensure that the body movement of the player is not restricted, it is important to ensure that there is appropriate balance in the body from left to right, top to bottom and front to back etc. Such balance also has a bearing on the warming up timing that such hockey players need to undergo.

By way of recap, for every hockey player intending to improve his performance there are numerous questions that need to be answered by him such as: the intensity of training required for him, the various methodologies that he should adapt to achieve such training, the routine that has suggested to him by an expert, coach or trainer or his personal requirement, how is he feeling on that particular day including the balance of the body as discussed above in detail. Answers to these questions will help him decide the duration of the warm-up that is required for him for successful and effective hockey training.