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So the other night I was at a hockey game and grabbed a copy of the program. Inside there was an article about strength and conditioning for hockey.

The article was referencing a number of former professional hockey players who are now involved in the off-ice demands of the game. And I think this is a great thing.

Great that more hockey players are recognizing the necessity for complete hockey development. Great that more hockey players are realizing the benefits to being off the ice for part of the year in order to rest, recovery, develop and come back stronger. And great because it adds credibility when a former pro shares with a young prospect the need to put in off-season workouts and training.

But the article left me wondering if there was a problem developing?

I mean it’s great to have passion and want to help people but it’s another thing altogether to have the theoretical knowledge and practical ability to in order to help someone. Additionally, there is a necessity to commit to your craft 100% in order to stay up to date on the latest training developments and research.

Think about it this way.

Imagine you have the most caring person in the world. Someone who devotes their entire life to helping others. Their biggest concern in the whole world is making sure you are looked after and cared for as well as possible.

 Former Pro May Not Be the Best Choice for Hockey Training

Would you let this person perform brain surgery on you?

No way you would!

You would seek and possibly demand the most qualified and experienced surgeon there is. Even though this other person has the very best intentions and is intensely passionate about helping you it would not be worth the risk to hand them the scalpel to see what happens.

In much the same way there are a number of people out there would are interested in helping you with your hockey training. But sometimes their energy, passion and interest does not make up for what they didn’t take in school. It doesn’t make up for the information contained in scientific journals. And it doesn’t automatically update the information, methodology and training programs they learned and used when they played the game.

Case in point…a number of former players that would consider themselves ‘in the know’ may have performed the bulk of their hockey training on and with a stability ball. And this may continue to have a large influence in their current hockey training practices.

But stability balls have a very small influence in current hockey training practices. And this isn’t simply for the sake of change or to be different. There is a reason why the approach to hockey training has moved away from using this tool during a workout.

Would someone that still uses a stability ball for as much of their programming for hockey know this? Probably not.

Which is unfortunate for the young prospect who respects everything the former pro tells them yet doesn’t recognize their scope of authority is limited to the on-ice aspects of the game.

When it comes to the off-ice they should defer to the experts in this field. What qualifies someone as an expert for training hockey players?

Well usually it includes individuals with a degree or even a graduate degree in kinesiology, exercise science or human kinetics.

It includes indivuals who are certified to coach performance training. Sometimes you’ll see the letters CSCS or PES after their name.

It includes indivuals who practice what they preach and are fluent in all of the drills and exercises they would prescribe to you.

And lastly these individuals should have a passion to continue to learn, question, discover and develop better ways of doing things.

Because if you ignore all of these pre-requisites you may as well book your next major surgery with the most passionate, likeable and enthusiastic guy or girl you know. Because that’s all you’re probably going to get.

Chris                                                                                                                                                                               onsidehockeytraining.com