Hockey Anatomy goes beyond the exercises by taking you onto the ice and into the action. Illustrations of the muscles involved in shooting, passing, and stopping the puck show you how the exercises are fundamentally linked to hockey performance.
Paul Goodman, the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Dr. Michael Terry, the Blackhawks’ team physician, share 96 of the most effective hockey exercises, each with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations to show the muscles in action. You’ll also find 68 exercise variations to increase difficulty, add complex movements, or simply change up your routine.
Excerpt of Foreword by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews
I’m sure when you think of hockey, you think of speed and power. Training those skills is the fun part, and it can be easy to neglect your mobility and flexibility. But if you want to be your best for as long as possible, bringing all these different types of training together is crucial. This can become an intricate process. I mean, how can you focus on becoming great at all the on-ice skills if you’re preoccupied with a never- ending checklist of off-ice training? Thankfully, that’s where my good friends Paul Goodman and Dr. Mike Terry step in.
Dr. Terry has been the orthopedic surgeon for the Blackhawks for 12 years. Not only has he seen a ton of orthopedic injuries, he has seen a ton of recoveries. Comprehension of the human body is one thing, but he takes understanding of the hockey player’s anatomy to the next level. Seeing Dr. Terry usually means something has gone seriously wrong and it’s time to take drastic measures to fix it. On the other hand, your time with Paul Goodman has neither a beginning nor an end. Paul has been the strength coach for the Chicago Blackhawks for nearly the same stretch of time. Work with Paul can range from initial injury prevention to in-season maintenance and off-season peak performance to injury rehabilitation. If you want to be a professional hockey player, you have to put your heart and soul into it. The same can be said for Paul’s level of commitment to understanding what makes athletes great. Not only does he help you transform your body, but he also helps you improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual approach to the game.
Ch. 2 – STRENGTH
Strength in hockey is critical to nearly every activity from shooting and skating to stopping and battling in corners. Although all hockey players need to be strong to resist the actions of other players and to exert their will when battling other players, strength is needed during non-contact activities, such as skating and shooting, as well.
The exercises in this chapter build muscle strength. You will require a recovery period before working the same group of muscles again. To give the muscles a chance to recover and build, do not do the strength-building work right before skating (in some cases, not even the day before skating). Finally, consider starting with one exercise for each muscle group during your initial workouts and building to multiple exercises for each muscle group after you learn how your body responds and recovers from each one. Remember that form is critical. You won’t get the most out of your workouts if your form breaks down, and in some cases you could put yourself at risk for injury.