What are the big questions in ice hockey conditioning?
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.
If you prefer - feel free to email me directly (Sean_Collins@uml.edu)