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5 Key Areas for Year Round Improvement

Everyone says, "It's time to rebuild this summer," but what exactly does that mean? Rebuild what? How much? When? What if something is working well? What about the areas that aren't?

I get it - the road to progress, and progress faster than the other players competing for minutes is a winding road. Here’s what you need to know to ensure year-round growth and continuous improvement in your hockey development!

🏒 1. Hockey IQ: Enhancing your Hockey IQ is about making smarter decisions on the ice. Small group sessions can simulate game situations where you learn to read plays better and anticipate opponent moves. For example, practicing 2-on-1 drills helps you understand when to pass or shoot, a crucial decision-making skill that can turn the tide of a game. The feedback you can get in these isolated drills can have enormous payoffs for the moments that matter the most.

🍎 2. Nutrition & Fueling: Proper nutrition fuels your performance and recovery. In small group settings, you can receive personalized nutrition plans that cater to your specific needs. For instance, understanding when to consume carbs and proteins can significantly impact your energy levels and muscle recovery. Learning to prepare balanced meals ensures you're always game-ready.

🛡️ 3. Injury Prevention: Preventing injuries is key to a successful season. Small group training allows for focused attention on proper techniques and recovery strategies. For example, learning the correct way to perform dynamic stretches and strength exercises can prevent common injuries like sprains and strains. Regular check-ins with coaches can help identify and address any potential issues before they become serious.

💪 4. Strength & Conditioning: Building strength and conditioning is crucial for on-ice performance. Small group sessions provide tailored workouts that address your specific needs. For example, if you need to improve your explosive power for better starts and stops, your coach can design plyometric exercises that focus on building lower body strength. This targeted approach ensures you’re building the right muscles for hockey.

🧠 5. A Champion's Mindset: Developing a strong mindset is essential for overcoming challenges and staying motivated. In small group settings, you can work on mental toughness through visualization techniques and stress management strategies. For instance, practicing mindfulness and visualization before games can help you stay focused and calm under pressure, leading to better performance during critical moments.

By focusing on these five key areas—Hockey IQ, Nutrition & Fueling, Injury Prevention, Strength & Conditioning, and a Champion's Mindset—you can maximize your development and set yourself up for success next season. Our Small Group Sessions are designed to provide the personalized attention you need to excel in these areas.

Find a package that fits your goals and take your hockey journey to new heights!

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