As the basketball and hockey seasons approach, more movement specific conditioning should be performed with your athletes. I don’t think anybody would argue against that statement. You want to have your athletes ready for the stresses that they will be experiencing during the pre-season periods and be ready to handle those stresses so they can perform in practice and during competitions.
One specific movement that I don’t think many coaches incorporate is backwards running, back peddling or skating backwards for hockey athletes. Everybody knows about moving forward and laterally and changing direction, but very few coaches do drills incorporating backwards movement.
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S B Coaches College – Tip of the Month October 2009