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With everything in life there’s so much value to the wisdom and experience we gain along the way.  And sometimes it makes you wonder how much different your performance might be had you had this knowledge earlier in your playing career.

Think about it.

How many times can you take advantage of a rookie with a move or play they’ve never seen before?

Probably only once.  After that they’re wise to your tricks and you’ve lost the advantage that the extra years of play gives you.

And it works both ways.  When a rookie comes into the league they may be able to fly under the radar and have some early success.  But once their opponent learns what their abilities, tendencies, strengths and weaknesses are, it becomes a whole lot harder to have success as the new guy.  Hence the sophomore slump.

So it’s always interesting to see a player going through this.  How do they react?  What adjustments do they make? 

The answers to these questions often dictate what type of career a player will have.

Recently I sat down with one of the hockey players I work with and talked a little bit about what the better players do.  What are some the things that are similar to all of them that ensures success?

And here’s what he said.

The big difference between good and great players is in their consistency.

What?

That’s it?

Well that’s a lot when you think about it.

I means you will do all the little things all of the time.

Let’s take a look at the different areas that are important to your performance in hockey.

1. Nutrition – Do you eat the best quality nutrition possible? Do you make sure to have pre and post workout meals planned and ready to eat and drink?  Do you plan for road trips so that you have healthy snacks and do not allow yourself to become tempted by quick snacks lacking the nutritional value you need?

2. Rest – Do you get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night? Do you try and get as many of these hours before midnight? Do you ensure your sleep schedule is as consistent as possible? For example do you get up and go to bed at the same time every night?

3. Training – Do you give your best effort at every workout? Do you pay special attention to soft tissue work? Do you prioritize your weak links? Do you monitor your rest breaks to ensure a high level of intensity?

4. Metrics – Do you use numbers to see where improvements are being made? Do you keep a nutritional journal? A training journal? A sleeptracker to monitor sleep cycles?

Seems like a lot, doesn’t it?

But it’s all things that you’re doing, or should be doing, to have success in hockey.

Imagine if you did all these things on a consistent basis?

You’d almost be assured success in hockey, wouldn’t you?

So if you want to go from good to great in hockey look to be as consistent as possible.

Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                            onsidehockeytraining.com

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