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The Modern Understanding of Tracking


This article in our Goaltending Science series is from Brandon Thibeau, 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.

T racking is an interesting topic. When you ask goalies and coaches for a definition of tracking, many different answers are given.

According to researchers in the fields of sports vision and cognition, Tracking can also be called “Object Interception”.

In simpler terms, an object in flight must be intercepted by the athlete and often directed to a desired location.

Some sporting tasks that fall under the umbrella of Object interception include baseball batting, cricket batting, Volleyball receiving, Tennis returns, Table Tennis returns, Soccer goaltending, Lacrosse goaltending and many more.

Let’s explore some scientific studies and concepts that can help us understand how Tracking works in Hockey Goaltenders.

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