Posts Tagged ‘fitness testing’

A few years ago I was working with a junior hockey player during the off-season and he mentioned that his team would be doing some fitness testing in the middle of the off-season. He mentioned they would be doing some VO2 max tests. And I quickly thought back to a presentation I had attended at the NSCA conference that winter.

The presentation at the NSCA conference covered a few different sports but there was some research related to hockey. One of the points that stuck with me was that there is an optimal level for VO2 max in hockey. Exceeding this threshold results in detriments in power production. He made this point during the presentation because he spoke of an NHL team with a coach that was notorious for bag skating his team the day after a loss. The presenter argued that this would do more harm than good and would result in a slower, less explosive team.
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Depending on the level of hockey you’re playing you’re probably getting close to going back for a new season. Junior teams will be seeing their players roll into town over the next couple of weeks. NHL players will be returning to their clubs starting in the first week in September. And school age players will probably be the last to get back together for a new season.
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