Ice Hockey Special Considerations – The Goaltenders

by Tammy Kovaluk, CSCS
NSCA Coach February 2023
Vol 9, Issue 4

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The purpose of this article is to investigate a few important considerations for the ice hockey goaltender: common injuries, specific physical characteristics and conditioning, and the mental game.

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Tammy Kovaluk has over a decade of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. She has worked with both teams and individuals in most sports with ...

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