Want to increase a hockey player’s speed on the ice? Placing jump drills and hills into their training plan will improve their speed and yield more benefits. Here’s five ways it benefits their performance:
- Explosive Power: Jump drills, such as plyometrics, and running hills require quick and powerful movements, which help develop explosive power in the lower body. This power translates into faster acceleration and speed on the ice.
- Muscular Strength: Both jump drills and running hills engage and strengthen the muscles in the legs, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves. Enhanced muscular strength allows players to generate more force with each stride, leading to improved speed and overall skating ability.
- Endurance and Stamina: Running hills and performing jump drills challenge the cardiovascular system, improving endurance and stamina. Hockey is a fast-paced sport that requires players to maintain a high level of performance throughout the game. Increased endurance enables players to sustain their speed and intensity for longer durations.
- Agility and Coordination: Jump drills and hill running require dynamic movements, enhancing agility and coordination. These exercises help improve the body’s ability to change direction quickly, pivot, and maintain balance, which are essential skills for a hockey player. Enhanced agility and coordination contribute to increased speed during game situations.
- Mental Toughness: Jump drills and running hills are physically demanding and often push players outside their comfort zones. By incorporating these challenging exercises into their training routine, hockey players develop mental toughness, discipline, and the ability to push through fatigue. Mental strength plays a crucial role in maintaining speed and performance during intense game situations.
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Author: Coach D. Ross