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Author: Maria Mountain M.Sc.

Focus, process, respond: New ball drill for goalies

If all you had to do was focus on the puck life would be pretty easy, but that is not enough. You need to focus on the development of the play, on the puck, maybe on the stick … and then you need to process that information and select a response from your tool box. Juggling is a great practice for dexterity, but we can add layers of complexity once you are competent.  Those layers of complexity can challenge you to process and then process and respond. What I have for you today is a drill that combines all...

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Rotary Resisted Shimmy drill improves agility on your knees

I had to double check to be sure because how have I not shared this one with you already? It has been one of my go-to drills in the gym for the last couple of years, but after looking it it appears I really have been keeping it to myself – sorry, let’s change that. One of the reasons goalies who train the Goalie Training Pro way have such success is the way we are constantly testing and refining the system to find the perfect balance of speed, strength, power and goalie specific movement. This (and a ton of...

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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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