Power Skating – Our approach to power skating is technique based. Our teaching method is a tradition passed down from over 50’s years of figure skating and hockey history. We teach from the understanding that skating is an art.
- Edges are our tools for connecting us to the game
- Stroking is how we use our edges to paint the ice swiftly and smoothly
- Turning is using our edges to stroke with the intention of changing direction
- Starting is our first step towards getting where we need to be
- Transitioning enables us to face the game without coming to a stop
Off Ice Conditioning – Our approach to off ice conditioning is based on the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model. Educating young athletes on the importance of strength & conditioning is key to developing a life long commitment to being physically active. A secondary benefit from this educational process is improving athletic performance.
- Warm-up & Pre-hab have many physiological benefits that improve performance and decrease the risk of sustaining a sport induced injury.
- Power is a key component to our maneuverability in ice hockey. Learning how to become more powerful requires technique work, and understanding how we generate power physiologically & biomechanically.
- Strength is our ability to stand our ground in times of being challenged for position. We’ll explore ways of improving our strength for all aspects of ice hockey and general conditioning.
- Hockey Specific Training is about isolating the little nuances of the movement patters that are special to ice hockey, for example our bodies are broken into three sections in order to maintain a heads up style of play (head, torso, lower body). Understanding sport specific training opens up the possibility of knowing how to train specifically for other sports as well, feeding perfectly into the LTAD model.
- Cool down & Stretching teaches our bodies to go from a high stress state down to a relaxation recovery state. This important step will enable us to perform optimally next time we are required to do so, with reducing the risk of sport and potential overuse injuries.
Nutrition 101 – Nutrition is a corner stone to a healthy lifestyle. These sessions will be targeted towards the whole family.
- Macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
- Micronutrients – vitamins and minerals
- Sport Foods