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Whole Body Mindset in Hockey

Building overall fitness enhances hockey-specific training gains. Fitness can be improved with increased flexibility, proper nutrition, decreased body fat, increased strength and muscle mass, and elevated aerobic power. Hockey season is long! Performing well in all of these categories is important to success.

Athleticism builds on fitness. Putting the athlete more in tune with their body will help develop better movement. Just as power-skating coaches modify body mechanics on ice, a focus on athleticism improves body function off the ice. The best athletes make the best hockey players. The higher their fitness and athleticism, the more they can capitalize on hockey-specific training (Peter Twist). This thought process then leads to the question: What can a Physical Therapist can do to help enhance your hockey skills and performance?

A Physical Therapist (PT) is educated to look at the body as a whole with focus on flexibility, strength, range of motion and gait. PTs observe how the body moves and look for dysfunction to help prevent injury. It is a misconception that physical therapy is only utilized after an injury. The best rehabilitation happens prior to an injury to prevent it from happening in the first place. An assessment of the whole body will allow a PT to be able to develop a plan for an athlete to help reduce injury and enhance their sport performance. We plan ahead for retirement with a 401K, why not plan ahead to keep your body healthy all season long by preventing injury and investing in your overall fitness through a physical therapy assessment.

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