"Conference Recap: The 2000 Hockey
"Speed Development with Coach Mike
- HOCKEY-SPECIFIC CONDITIONING CONFERENCE 2000
June 9-11, New York Ranger Strength Coach Scott Livingston
and his company "High Performance Consultants"
hosted the 2000 Hockey-specific conditioning conference
in Montreal. Here are the highlights...
Boyle - Former strength coach of the Boston Bruins,
Coach Boyle now runs his own conditioning center near Boston,
MA. If you want to get faster, go to Coach Boyle! His methods
have helped Cam Neely return from injury and he has also
helped produce some of the fastest guys in the NHL. Coach
Boyle shuns tradition and does speed work and leg training
Livingston - A former Athletic Therapist, Coach "Scotty"
addressed the groin and abdominal areas for injury issues.
He suggests prevention can occur by incorporating proper
resistance exercises and by evaluating athletes for strength
& flexibility imbalances.
Friesen - The Carolina Hurricane's strength coach stressed
the value of massage for his athletes in the arena of recovery.
Pete, also a PT, suggests manual massage with the use of
foam rollers. Any athletes suffering from muscle aches and
psychological overtraining should look into manual (self)
massage for relief.
S. Ballantyne - What a dynamic, fantastic, intelligent,
and educational speaker addressing the issue of Aerobic
and Anaerobic demands of hockey and recommended training
routines. Briefly, hockey is a hard anaerobic-interval sport
in nature but a great aerobic system will benefit any player.
Just make sure to allow yourself time to develop speed,
strength, and other important aspects of the game as well.
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Donnelan - Thanks to Sean (Strength Coach of the Islanders),
we got to appreciate the stressful schedule of the coach
in the NHL. He offered some good advice on getting results
during a busy schedule and with limited time and resources.
some of the others in attendance...
Lee - Strength coach of the Ottawa Senators, Randy helped
the team earn 95 points the past season. Coach Lee is a
firm believer in the use of tools such as medicine balls
and MuscleTech sport supplements to help the Senators achieve
Adams - The "Big Dog" from Louisiana! Coach
Adams, also the team's athletic trainer, works with the
Lafayette Ice Gators (ECHL) and brings a unique Southern
perspective to hockey conditioning and everyday life.
there will not be a 2001 edition of this conference.
- MIKE BOYLE'S SPEED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
are only 4 workout days, Monday through Thursday. Each day
starts with power and speed work first. You can not do plyometrics,
hang cleans, or good foot-speed drills if you are fatigued
from squatting, bench pressing, or aerobic exercise. Each
day begins with foot-speed drills and dynamic flexibility
movements to prepare the athlete for speed drills and plyometrics.
the athlete has worked explosively they perform a 60-minute
(maximum) strength workout. Coach Boyle focuses on Olympic
lifts (see ISSUES #29 & #30 for detailed instructions
on how to learn them). Exercises are paired to get more
recovery prior to the next set and Boyle also splits the
leg into hip extension exercises (deadlifts) and leg push
exercises (squats) in accordance with the Ian King philosophy.
Functional upper-body training is performed, with limited
single-joint bodybuilding exercises (i.e. dumbbell curls).