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Evidence Based Goaltending


Today InGoal welcomes Brandon Thibeau with the first of his series on Goaltending Science, inspired by his work as the founder of the IQ Goalie e-digest newsletter series. Instagram: @IQ_Goalie

Thibeau is a former Canadian Hockey League and Canadian University goaltender. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree in Physiotherapy. He is currently coaching U18 in Nova Scotia and is a Scout in the QMJHL.

In healthcare, the use of evidence-based practice is the gold standard. Evidence based practice means that when a health professional is presented with a problem, a decision is made using a combination of 3 things:

  1. The experiences of the clinician
  2. The preferences of the patient
  3. The best available scientific evidence

This concept could be applied in goaltending as well. For many years, Goaltenders and coaches have not had abundant access to the third item on this list. Over the last decades, this has slowly changed.

It is also known that it takes a very long time for something to be used in practice even after it has been proven in a lab or written in a research paper. In healthcare, this gap is an average of 17 years. Yes, you read that correctly… 17 years.

In goaltending, we are seeing this same concept in full swing. Hunger for more information from goalies and coaches has liberated science that has been waiting patiently to be applied to or position. Our job as goalies and coaches is to find this science and put it to good use.

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