2017 Hockey Coaches Conference
Topic: Hockey Performance Advantages with Recovery
Presenter: Oli Finlay
This is a question that comes up often in hockey dressing rooms all over the world. Every day, probably. Why? Because coaches know the best performances come from hockey players who are feelin’ it. The energy of a team that’s buzzing is a huge contrast to the output of a team that’s flat. You can usually tell in the first few minutes of practice whether your team has it or doesn’t. There’s a huge range of reasons why your team might not have the energy it needs, not the least of which is how they recovered from the previous ice session. Sure, we’d all like to blame low energy on bad habits – poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or distraction, but the reality is that hockey is a physically demanding game and it’s important to come down from competition just like it’s important to get up for a game.