Training Tip: Flexibility Test – Will You Pass or Fail?
Regular InGoal Columnist Maria Mountain is an expert trainer of hockey players, including Stanley Cup Champions. Learn more about working with her at www.hockeytrainingpro.com
When I have a initial consult with most goalies one of their primary goals is to get a wider butterfly flare and to be able to do the splits. This is kind of like a kid showing up to his first basketball practice and wanting to start with dunking (okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea).
Before we even think about the flare or the splits, we need to look at the very basics of mobility. Not just mobility at the hips either, we also need to look at how the shoulders move.
So today I want to share a little basic flexibility assessment that you can do on yourself. If you do not pass all of these tests, then you should take the time to work on the areas where you are deficient until you can pass. Check out the video to see what the tests are and how you can improve the ones that need some work.