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What are the big questions in ice hockey conditioning?
Sean M. Collins, PhD 8/17/2013 4:50:05 PM
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:41 PM
Joined: 8/17/2013
Posts: 2

Some background: I am an associate professor and run a lab at UMass Lowell. I have recently started doing research on ice hockey conditioning as a mid career change and and am wondering if anyone else has a research program focused on ice hockey conditioning. I am building the research program around ice hockey, not around some aspect of conditioning or physiology with a tangential interest in ice hockey. The central component will be ice hockey and as such the work can take on several inter related questions across approaches (physiology, mechanics, motor control & learning, stress, adaptation, overtraining, psychophysics, social approaches like team coordination / dynamics) and hierarchical scales (individual player physiology, fitness at the individual, line, and squad levels, etc). 

My question: Does anyone know whether someone has put together a compendium of the big open questions that are facing ice hockey strength and conditioning? If not, do you think such a compendium would be useful? 

I am familiar with the literature that is out there. Do the questions raised by these studies represent the concerns / questions of ice hockey conditioning coaches? If so - please point me in the direction of those you find most helpful. If not, please feel free to post questions that you wish you had an answer to. 

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Mr Alex Harman, PT 2/24/2014 1:18:41 PM
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 2:42 PM
Joined: 2/24/2014
Posts: 1

Hello Sean,

I have not heard of a compendium for Ice hockey conditioning. I don't believe one would be very useful in terms of research. What kind of research on Ice hockey conditioning are you looking to do? I played AAA ice hockey for a few years and played professional inline hockey. I played for Team VA, Team USA and was selected for the Jr. World USA team.

-Alex H.
Sean M. Collins, PhD 8/17/2013 4:50:05 PM
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 7:17 PM
Joined: 8/17/2013
Posts: 2

Hi Alex,

I am currently doing work on the relationship between aerobic capacity and recovery from repeated bouts of anaerobic work. We have shown there is a relationship using VO2 max and bouts of all out work that last about a minute with 3 minutes of rest in between (to mimic on ice shifts and off ice rest breaks) and will be putting a paper out soon about these findings. There are several directions this work could go.