From The Trainer’s Room: What offseason goals for hockey players should entail
For most hockey players, the season has ended.
It’s time to get a little rest and let the body and mind recover. The season can be a grind with lots of games, practices, lessons and travel and taking some time away from the ice can do a ton of good. For teenage hockey players, I suggest a break of 2-4 weeks. This may be tough depending on tryouts and showcases, but try and find some time to stay away. The repetitive nature of skating can develop certain weaknesses and limitations that can lead to injury, so take some time to let these muscles recover.
I am a big believer that your offseason program should work on maintaining your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses. Make a list of three things that you are good at and how you will maintain them. Then make list of three weaknesses and how you will eliminate them. Not sure what these strengths and weaknesses are? Ask your parents, coaches or scouts for their opinion. Compare yourself to other players.
Now, come up with a plan for the offseason. Whether its choosing a skating coach to improve your speed or shooting 100 pucks a day to hit the corners better, set a schedule and stick to it. Obtain your goals off the ice as well. Find a strength coach or athletic trainer that is certified and knowledgeable about hockey and have them help you plan out a program that fits your specific needs. The program should address your needs and then it’s up to you to put in the work and get to that next level.
Chris Phillips is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist and a former NHL athletic trainer.