ice hockey


Ice hockey is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the hot country of UAE. On the back of the national team winning the Asian Cup in 2009 and finishing third in the Asian Olympic Winter Games, ice hockey is enjoying a boon to such an extent that development programmes are over subscribed.

Representatives of the IIHF, who are in the capital to oversee a training camp for the best Under 17 players in Asia, have vowed to help the country cope with the increasing interest.

"Ice hockey is developing so fast in the UAE, as it all over the Middle East," Jukka Tiikkaja said.

Conditioning and Ice Hockey Training

Hockey conditioning is all about training your body to work at a high intensity for extended periods of time and then recover rapidly. Basically, conditioning in any sport comes down to delaying or minimizing fatigue.

Fatigue is truly an amazing thing. Few people realize how complex fatigue can be. To really wrap your mind around what causes fatigue, it’s important to understand that fatigue is movement specific (direction, involved musculature, type of contraction, intensity, etc.) and involves every major body system: nervous, muscular, endocrine, and cardiorespiratory.

Ruggiero's Ice Hockey Training Tips

THE EXPERT: Angela Ruggiero, 30. Winner of 1998 Olympic Gold, 2002 Olympic Silver, and 2006 Olympic Bronze medals.

Ruggiero has been keeping up with the boys since she was a kid. "At a young age, I realized that people didn't want me on the ice because I was a girl, and it actually motivated me to go out there and prove myself," she told Sports Betting online.


Off Season Ice Hockey Training

Now it's time to rest up. You need this time for emotional and physical renewal. For several weeks, forget about hockey and do other things. Staying fit and active with cross training or other activities is still a good idea.

Give yourself plenty of time to do it all again next year.

In Season Ice Hockey Training

You need to build on the strength developed in pre-season with training that will increase your ability to move a load at high velocity. Power is the combination of strength and speed. Power training requires that you lift lighter weights than you did in the strength phase, yet with explosive intent. You need to rest adequately between repetitions and sets so that each movement is done as fast as possible. The number of sets can be less than phase 1. There is no point to training like this when you're fatigued.

Time of year: late pre-season and in-season
Duration: 4 weeks ongoing

Mid Pre-Season Ice Hockey Training

In this phase, you will build strength and muscle. The fast and agile players should be careful not to bulk up too much.
You have a good foundation from early pre-season workouts and now the emphasis is on lifting heavier weights in order to train the nervous system in conjunction with the muscle fibers to move bigger loads.

This isn't about picking and swapping exerciss like they're scratch cards, because building muscle size does not necessarily imply strength.

Ice Hockey Training Programme

A year-long ice hockey weight training program could look like the program outlined below.

Early Pre-Season

Players are preparing for the season and starting to build up after the off season.
Emphasis is on building aerobic fitness, basic functional strength and muscle bulk, which is called "hypertrophy".

Late Pre-Season

Players are working up to the start of the season and pre-season trials are imminent.
Emphasis is on building anaerobic fitness and maximum strength and power.

In Season