At this point in the year, most teams are well into their playoffs, and the end of the season is approaching. Your body has been through a lot since the season began in the fall! We don’t often stop to think that over the course of a season, between games, practices, tournaments, and extra ice, you may be on the ice for as much as 150+ hours. Now taking into account that goalies face, on average, about 25 shots per game, and roughly 200 shots each practice, it’s easy to see how important it is to take care of our body, and that is a year round commitment.
If you haven’t realized it yet, it takes more than showing up for practices and games to become a better goaltender. If you’ve gone out of your way to seek out extra coaching and on ice help, congratulations! You’re one of the top 10% or so who’s willing to make that extra investment into your game; but what about investing in the machine that makes it all happen? If you’ve ever experienced an injury in your career, you know that it only takes one part to not be 100% to mess up the whole chain of movement we need as goalies.
The article I want to share today is one by Maria Mountain of HockeyTrainingPro.com. She’s a strength and conditioning coach with a passion for helping goalies. I’ve definitely incorporated a lot of what she’s taught me into my workouts over the years. The article lays out what your priorities should be in an off ice workout program, and what order they should happen in. It is by no means a comprehensive program, but it is what the framework of a program should look like.
P.S. If this information is all new to you, and you’re just thinking about getting started with off ice workouts, shoot me an email and we can discuss how to get started on the right foot. It’s always better to start building good habits from scratch than to try to replace bad habits with good ones, so let’s work together to make sure you get started on the right foot!