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Posted 18-06-20150 comment

To follow up my video about transitions I want to here share some more thoughts on the subject.

Thinking one step ahead and plan your next move can always help you to be more efficient out on the ice.

When going into the transition from forwards to backwards you always want to make sure to come in with as big of an angle as the situation allows. This is to avoid an unnecessary tight turn, reducing your speed and forcing you to create speed again. Creating speed many times mean lifting your feet to take a stride, and each time you are doing so you will lose a bit of your control over the situation. So this way, planning your transition, and taking a wider turn allows you to maintain your speed better and increase your control over the situation. It will also, of course, save you a lot of valuable energy.

In terms of your body position you want to keep your upper body facing forward, towards the puck to always see where it is going and isolate the movement to the lower body. Isolating the movement to the lower body and minimizing upper body movements will improve your hand eye coordination if you receive a pass or just improve your overall control of the situation, giving you the sense of having more time. Separating the movement between the upper and lower body is not easy and takes a lot of core and joint stability. It’s not a quick fix. So be patient if you feel that you can’t get it right away. By always finding new ways to challenge your balance and technique out on the ice during practice or in the gym you will however quickly notice improvements.

When going from backwards to forwards as in the end of the video I talk about exaggerating the slow step in the transition. The reason I want you to do this is to develop your balance and core stability. Many players force this movement due to poor balance and skating technique. Say for example that you’re a defensemen handling the puck, going backwards and are making a transition to bring the puck up to make a pass. Poor balance and technique in this situation will most likely force you to make unnecessary extra steps/strides to compensate. This will lead to loss of control, make you more stressed and affect the ability to make good pass to your teammate.

My advice is to always strive to be able to make a movement as slow as possible. It’s often more challenging than making it fast. When you can perform something slow with a proper technique, then you can increase speed.

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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