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How critical is a pre-game warm up?   Depending on how you wish to start the game should play a major role in your warm-up. I was never a big believer of a slow stretching approach to prepare for a game.  I would observe many players who would sit and go through a static routine of touching toes and crossing legs.  I never once did this and did not ever pull a muscle in 4 years of college hockey and 5 years of pro hockey.  Basically if you want to start the game like a statue then go ahead and stretch like one.  This type of stretching in my opinion is great...

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8 Week VS 1 Week

Why HPD eight week Clinics  vs. one week hockey clinics? It has been documented by various scholars in the academic community that a student is able to retain more information over a period of weeks instead of for lack of better terms “cramming” the day before an exam.  This information learned over a longer period of time also stays with the student after the exam. If this is true then why are one week hockey clinics so popular? Basically it comes down to experienced instructors “cramming” 30+ years of hockey experience into one week of hockey. ...

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In Shape

A Player is in shape when he can play hard for each shift of an entire game without losing strength, skill or speed. For those coaches wishing to reach maximum potential with their teams conditioning, he must become familiar with two terms Aerobic and Anaerobic. Definition: Aerobic exercise is exercise that involves or improves oxygen consumption by the body.   Aerobic means “with oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen in the body’s metabolic or energy generating process. Many types of exercise are aerobic, and by definition are performed at moderate...

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