How to optimize your hockey off-seasonMarch 23, 2017
As we enter the final stretch of hockey season, we’ve got tournaments, playoffs and team celebrations on the brain.
But, with the off-season fast approaching, it’s also time to start thinking about your summer plans. How will you optimize those precious few months to ensure you are both recovering and optimizing your training for the next season?
To help with your planning, we’ve shared a few important considerations to keep in mind.
Recovery is an important part of a yearly training plan to prevent both burnout and injury. The off-season, for any sport, allows athletes time to recover (both mentally and physically) from their rigorous training and competition schedule.
Following the season’s end, take some time to tone down the intensity of your training, try other forms of activity and give your body a well-deserved rest.
2. REFLECTION & GOAL SETTING
Without the manic competition schedule, the off-season also allows us to take some to reflect. It’s important to take some time to reflect on the past season and begin planning new goals for the months ahead. Ask yourself questions like: What did I do well? What can I improve on? What do I want to focus on this off-season? What are my goals for the next season?
Getting stuck? This is a great opportunity to sit down with your coach to get feedback.
3. OPTIMIZING YOUR TRAINING
Now that you’ve given yourself the opportunity to recover, reflect and set your goals, it’s time to start a training plan that will help you accomplish those goals.
In addition to a year-round player development package, the Fortius HockeySTRONG program also offers three off-season programs to help athletes optimize their performance between competition periods:
Youth Competitive Hockey Program | SUMMER 2017
The Youth Competitive Hockey Program is a six-week summer program for the youth athlete (age 8-13 yrs) that is looking to initiate or enhance their training development. Participants will train three days a week with a focus on the key development focal points of movement, strength, speed and agility. Learn more >>
High Performance Hockey Program | May 29, 2017
The High Performance Hockey Program is a 12-week off-season program aimed at the 14-21 year old player that is preparing to compete at the next level. The program includes comprehensive on and off-ice testing, a foundational movement screen and performance evaluation, and a Triphasic training program (three-phase approach to loading and training dynamic movement). Learn more >>
Pro Hockey Performance Program | May 29, 2017
The Pro Hockey Performance Program is a 12-week off-season small group training approach aimed at identifying and addressing the specific needs of professional players. Our collaborative approach links sport science with applied physiology, strength training and sports therapy in one comprehensive program. Learn more >>
Not sure if these packages are right for you? Fortius offers customized HockeySTRONG programs for individuals and teams looking to maintain performance levels during the season or enhance their potential to improve their game with a strength training program during the off-season.
Learn more by visiting our website or by calling our Training Centre at 604-292-2502.