Physical Training Considerations for Ice Hockey

by Daniel Meinz, MA, CSCS
NSCA Coach July 2013
Vol 2, Issue 3

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In order to effectively prepare an ice hockey player for the season, it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of the specific demands of the sport.

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Dan Meinz is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Velocity Hockey Center in Eden Prairie, MN. He has trained hockey players at all levels from...

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