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From the Trainer’s Room: Using virtual reality as a training platform

January 12th, 2022

As I have watched the game of hockey has evolve over the course of my career, I, too, have had to evolve as well. There are all kinds of new methodologies and platforms to train hockey athletes that were never available just a couple of years ago. NHL franchises have gone out and sought out…

From the Trainer’s Room: Dealing with groin injuries in hockey

January 7th, 2022

Groin strains are common injuries in the game of ice hockey. Previous reports in the NHL have shown than up to 10 percent of all injuries sustained have been due to strains of the groin or adductor muscle group. In today’s NHL, it is a little tougher to note since these injuries are now classified…

From the Trainer’s Room: Utilizing foot speed to your advantage on the ice

December 29th, 2021

Quickness and foot speed are two major criteria that truly separate the better players from the rest of the pack when it comes to skating. The players who possess quickness and foot speed outshine their opponents at all levels of play. So what do you think “foot speed” means? Many coaches talk about “foot speed”…

From the Trainer’s Room: Keeping fit during the holidays

December 23rd, 2021

During this time of year, we find that life becomes even more hectic with holiday shopping, parties, and gatherings with family. All of these activities can disrupt our exercise habits and lead to a health decline that can include increased body weight and decreased fitness. At this busy time of year, it is still super…

From the Trainer’s Room: Recovering faster for the next hockey game

December 16th, 2021

As the hockey season begins to wear on, every game becomes more and more important. The tail end of the season can include tournaments, showcases and playoffs where teams may have to play multiple games on the same day or weekend. These busy weekends can take a toll on a player’s body, causing fatigue and…

From the Trainer’s Room: How to avoid burnout during the hockey season

December 1st, 2021

The demands placed on athletes today in any given sport has increased immensely over the last 10 years. It is not uncommon for California hockey players to play on a club and high school team at the same time. This means 3-4 practices a week and 2-3 games a weekend. Not to mention dryland and…

From the Trainer’s Room: How ankle mobility can cause pain, limit performance in athletes

July 12th, 2021

Unless there is an injury or pain in the ankle, the joint’s function is quite often ignored. The way the ankle moves or doesn’t move can not only affect the joint causing pain and injury, but can also limit an athletes ability to get in certain positions needed to be successful in their sport. Mobility…

From the Trainer’s Room: The basics of sports injury rehab

June 30th, 2021

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of sports. How an athlete recovers and returns from the injury depends on each athlete and each injury. There are different severities of injury and different demands on the injured area depending on the sport being played and how each individual responds to injury and pain. In other words, an…

From the Trainer’s Room: Importance of single-leg strength and stability

June 19th, 2021

Any athlete looking to strengthen their lower body is inevitably going to end up squatting and deadlifting. Athletes, coaches, and trainers alike will use these lifts and their variations as the basis for lower extremity strength training, regardless of the sport in which the athlete participates. What do these lifts all have in common? They…

New Compete Sports Performance & Rehab facility opens doors at Yorba Linda location

May 27th, 2021

Compete Sports Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance, personal training, and sports injury rehab center in Orange County, has opened its new facility in Yorba Linda. Located at 23641 La Palma Avenue, this 3,800 square-foot facility is owned and managed former NHL and NBA athletic trainers Chris Phillips, Mike Hannegan and Marco Nunez. “We…

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