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Author: Maria Mountain M.Sc.

Revolution Conditioning Training Tips: Standing on stability ball is just plain dumb

See more of Maria’s work at www.hockeytrainingpro.com You can be either a goalie or a circus clown – not both! I had an email from a fellow trainer who works with hockey players asking me to clarify the fad of standing on a stability ball for training hockey players. He just did not understand why he was still seeing this used for goalie training. To me, seeing this in a goalie’s off-ice training program screams not only incompetence, but negligence on the part of the trainer. As a strength and conditioning professional, your goal is always to weigh the risks...

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All Star steps to achieve your goals, a helping hand and a kick in the pants!

Do you ever talk yourself out of becoming better or achieving your goals?  Why do we do that?  I almost did that to myself on Saturday.  I had a lot of work to get done, but I wanted to get out for a cross-country ski (one of my goals is to get out for a ski or snowboard every week of the winter).  I found myself rationalizing my way out of going for a ski. Here are a few of my carefully thought out points of argument: You will have to get changed into your ski gear and that...

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Plyometric Training to make you a quicker goaltender

See more of Maria’s work at www.hockeytrainingpro.com Around Christmas time I wrote a few articles about how some goalies and trainers are trying to do the right thing. They are using plyometric training to try and improve their speed and power.  The problem is they are using the plyometrics in a way that may actually decrease their speed. I don’t think any of you want to make that mistake, so today I am going to share a plyometric circuit that will actually make you quicker.  Remember, true plyometric drills make use of the stretch-shortening reflex.  So when a muscle...

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Hip injuries to Goalies what Shoulders are to Pitchers

Video: how to tell difference between injury and serious problem I read InGoal Magazine’s recent article about Niklas Backstrom’s hip injury and the historic and medical link between butterfly goalies and hip surgery with great interest. Unlike many strength and conditioning coaches, I started working with athletes from an injury prevention, or injury rehabilitation perspective while working as the exercise specialist in the physiotherapy department at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario. I learned during my time there that there were often – not always, but usually – some missing elements in the athletes’ preparation that contributed...

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Are those plyometrics making you a quicker goalie? Part One

Check out part II of this article – Plyometrics can make you slower I have said it before, but it bears repeating – if you were building your dream home would you be happy if the contractor showed up on the first day and started putting up drywall and wallpaper and then wanted to talk about where to put the speakers for the home theatre system? Probably not, you would want to see a crew in there digging a good foundation and pouring some solid footings. Dryland training for goalies is the same but, like building a house, we...

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