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Author: Maria Mountain M.Sc.

Another Reason Goalies Get Hip Impingement

Before you read any further you have to promise me one thing. Promise me that you will not freak right out. Deal? Okay, we can proceed. We are going to talk about femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and just the mention of it gets most goalies more than a little twitchy. You are twitchy for a good reason. It is not a good thing for a goalie. It is like a baseball pitcher with shoulder impingement, not great news, but it also does not mean surgery or the end of a career. It just means you need to get things investigated....

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The Little Movements Add Up

The big movements are sexy, right? I can’t tell you how many emails I have had in the last week asking me for an exercise to them make that crazy knee down flying kick save that Jonathan Quick made last week.  That was crazy, right? In 100 years of the NHL we have pretty much seen that save once, so should it really be the focus of your training? Let’s just look at the last five years now. How many times has a goalie had to make a small movement with one pad down and one pad up (like...

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How To Engage Core, Stop Twisting Out of Way When Moving Laterally

I am guessing most of you do it since almost every time I go out on the ice to watch one of the goalies I train work with his or her goalie coach I see them do it. I also see almost all of the minor hockey goalies I watch do it during games and even most of the OHL goalies I watch do it … so I am guessing you do it too. I don’t blame you, you probably don’t even know you do it. You have a lot going on when you are moving from side to...

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No Windmill Saves Unless You Can Do THIS Shoulder Exercise

Over the last four months I have noticed a trend in goalies like you. It is not at all uncommon in “regular” athletes, but for hockey goalies it is unacceptable. You need to have all the ingredients that typically constitutes “athleticism” plus you need to mobility of an acrobat at times. That’s what the best athletes who play the toughest position in the toughest sport on earth need to do anyway. So you might look at this as another one of Maria’s silly little exercises that looks so simple in the video and then I am going to try it and...

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