All posts by Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP, Founder, Dry-land Hockey Training

Food for Fuel

Lack of proper nutrition stacked on top of the work load hockey players have will inevitably lead to underperformance and fatigue.

Let Hockey Give You a Lifetime of Memories

I think parents and coaches would agree with me that as we age, the most important thing we can hold dearest to our hearts is sharing memories. My point is such that sometimes the focus on competitive hockey can be narrowed towards just winning, but there’s much more behind what the great game en-compasses. The hustle and bustle of getting to practices, games and tournaments during a hockey sea-son can leave families forgetting what it’s really all about.

Coach vs. Trainer

What coaches need to understand about the whole process is this: the problem might actually be something completely different than what they think it is.

Ouch, That Hurts! Stop Preventable Injuries

We all know that accidents happen and some players get injured during the season from collisions, but what about when a player pulls or strains a muscle without knowing how it happened. Those kinds of injuries are completely preventable and must be addressed.

Off Ice Team Training

Summer is long over, but hopefully those who are serious about improving their performance for the hockey season have prepared accordingly. In this article I want to share my perspective on in-season training for minor hockey players. Let’s start by going back again and ask ourselves, “are we crazy about putting our kids in strength and conditioning programs at the minor hockey level?” The answer is, absolutely not.

Self Confidence: The Value of Internal Appreciation Versus External Praise

In all my years working with young athletes I’ve seen the lowest and highest levels of self-confidence.  What’s important to understand as a trainer, parent or coach is that the […]

Tryout Shape

Hopefully most minor hockey players have been participating in an off-ice training program over the summer, especially at the bantam and midget level. There’s no question that staying in shape […]

Home Fitness: What You Need

Parents often ask me, “What can my child do at home?” to stay fit and get stronger. First, it’s important to keep it all in perspective. Parents don’t need to […]

Dry Land Training Techniques

When it comes to understanding what proper training looks like for players at the minor hockey level, parents can often be confused or blindly miss-led into following all the hype. […]

Time for Off-Season Activities

Many kids get involved in spring hockey after the regular season, but when school is out and summer starts, it’s time to hang up the skates for a while… A […]

Move it: Essential pre-game exercises for moving well on the ice

What should a player do to prepare their body before a game? Skating around the rink before a game or practice is a great way to increase player’s core temperature, […]

Strength Training Tips for Hockey Moms

The life of a hockey mom can be busy taking care of the needs of a son or daughter during the season. With all the driving to games and practices, […]