Equipment And Warm Ups For New Hockey Players

Equipment And Warm Ups For New Hockey Players

Equipment and​ Warm-ups for​ New Hockey Players
In order to​ play professional level hockey, you need great athleticism, stamina, courage, and​ skill .​
the​ very foundation of​ a​ hockey player at​ any level is​ good skating technique, and​ this is​ true whether you are playing in​ a​ peewee city league or​ on the​ professional circuit .​
This is​ a​ brief introduction to​ skates and​ warm-ups.
To put it​ briefly, skating is​ ultimately an​ alternating, one-legged balancing act .​
Let's begin with the​ equipment you are balancing on, the​ proper pair of​ skates .​
if​ your feet are growing, a​ used pair that fits correctly is​ a​ much better choice than a​ larger, top of​ the​ line pair with room to​ grow .​
Your heel should rest flat in​ the​ back of​ each skate, and​ your big toe should barely touch the​ front portion of​ the​ toe cap .​
More room here is​ NOT beneficial .​
Ankle support is​ important, especially for​ young skaters .​
Either leather or​ man made material is​ fine, and​ depends upon the​ comfort level of​ the​ skater .​
Get good high grade steel blades, dry them off after each use, use skate guards if​ you walk across other surfaces with your skates .​
Keep a​ small sharpening stone in​ your hockey bag .​
Sharpen your blades as​ you need to, or​ when you get a​ nick in​ your blade
Your best skating posture varies slightly from person to​ person, but everyone should have the​ proper posture, which includes bent knees and​ ankles with a​ proper weight distribution over the​ balls of​ the​ feet .​
LOOK FORWARD, not down at​ the​ ice, and​ keep proper alignment .​
From a​ front view you toe, knee, and​ chin should be in​ a​ line, and​ from the​ side your ankle, hip, shoulder, and​ head should be aligned .​
Many people admired Paul Coffey and​ his fluid style of​ skating, but Paul practiced this skating style for​ years.
Before you start any ice hockey practice, make sure you do warm-up exercises .​
It is​ good to​ do these in​ full gear, as​ they improve balance and​ posture, as​ well as​ stretch out muscles .​
Your first stretches should be upper body stretches, keeping leg lunges and​ groin stretches until the​ end of​ the​ warm-up .​
Stretch out your upper body and​ shoulders with shoulder rolls and​ dips .​
Hold the​ hockey stick across your shoulders at​ the​ upper back, and​ turn at​ the​ waist for​ shoulder rolls, and​ dip to​ touch a​ right hand to​ a​ right knee (or left to​ left) for​ shoulder dips .​
Another important area to​ stretch is​ the​ lower back, which gets a​ lot of​ strain in​ a​ regular hockey game .​
Stretches that make your back curve strongly either concave (called seal stretches) or​ convex (where you bend forward with your chest near your thighs) will help this area of​ the​ body .​

Finally, do hamstring stretches and​ groin stretches (various leg lunges and​ sitting exercises) to​ complete your warm-up, and​ be ready to​ play ice hockey .​
for​ a​ complete guide to​ stretches, confer with your coach, or​ get a​ good book with a​ lot of​ diagrams or​ pictures .​
It is​ important to​ keep proper alignment when doing these stretches in​ order to​ protect your body, and​ have a​ great hockey match!

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