Preparing players for the rigors of a professional ice hockey season requires a thorough understanding of the physical demands and injury patterns of the sport. This article combines an analysis of biomechanical and energy system demands with a review of the most prominent injuries to propose a comprehensive assessment battery for hockey players. Concepts from multiple periodization models are integrated to present an annual plan, including specific programming strategies for the development of speed, strength, and repeat sprint ability. Sample training plans are used to illustrate the application of the discussed principles, serving to maximize both performance and durability.
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