It’s Fine! They Won’t Hurt Themselves…

Is resistance training safe for young athletes, specifically minor hockey players? Yes, it is absolutely safe as long as the trainer is qualified and experience to instruct such a program involving resistance training.

So let’s start by understanding exactly what resistance training is. Basically, it involves some form of movement or exercise that resists an external force applied. There’s what’s called ‘open and closed chained exercises’ and according to the individual either of the two can be of benefit or a concern when considering the ability level of a young athlete. There is absolutely nothing dangerous with a young athlete/hockey player using their own body weight as a form of resistance when performing certain exercises.

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About The Author

Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP, Founder, Dry-land Hockey Training
Mike is the Founder of Dry-land Hockey Training and Creator of Explosive Hockey Speed. He's a top Strength Coach in the South Surrey area of British Columbia and has rapidly established himself as a leader in the community for specializing in off-ice hockey development. Mike prepares high level players in the off-season at the Major Midget and Junior level getting them ready for the CHL and NCAA. Mike is also a presenter and speaker on High Performance Hockey and in his spare time helps with the WHL Combine testing for the Okanagan Hockey Group. CONTINUE.

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