Posted 03-07-20150 comment

It is common that many hockey players that have been skating all their lives consider themselves as good skaters and stop or forget to continue to work on their skating technique. They don’t realize that they can take huge steps forward and really improve their skating technique by taking a step back and work on the basics.

Skating is not a natural movement pattern for human beings. The combination of this, and the small and unstable contact surface that the ice skate blade offers, makes most, or I would say all, players use more energy and power than needed. But most players unfortunately don’t realize how much they can lower their energy consumption or improve their power and speed just by improving their technique. Instead they focus on getting stronger and faster and improving their conditioning. The problem with this is that it’s only a short-term solution to get better or staying at the same level.

To reach your full potential and becoming the best player you possibly can, you have to work on fine-tuning and optimizing your movements. But most players are so “brain washed” that training has to be physically exhausting. And if you end up vomiting because you have been working out so hard, it’s considered as a result of a great workout. This should not be the measurement of a good workout. Hockey players need to “dare” to work more on technique, balance and stability, things that will not exhaust you in the way that you are used to, but will have a huge impact in your overall improvement as a hockey player, simple technique drills like the one in this video.

Instead of measuring your success in how many kilos you have lifted or how quick you performed a drill, let the scale of success be how biomechanically “perfect” you can perform a movement as slow as possible. If you dare to change your scale of how you measure success in your workouts, you will notice that you quickly will take big steps forward in your development as a hockey player. I guarantee it!

Here is a very simple but challenging and effective drill going back to the basics.

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Per Mårs is a former professional hockey player and a third round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jacket in the 2001 NHL draft. After his hockey career he has been studying Sport Science at the Mid Sweden University. Welcome and enjoy! Learn more