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May 5, 2014

The Supple Six for Hockey Players

These 6 stretches are designed to target the tightest tissues that develop from playing hockey. The focus for these stretches are hips and protracted shoulders, which become tight from skating and stick handling with your hands in front of your body.

The stretches are:
1. Couch stretch
2. Double 90 degree Glute stretch
3. Heels down groin stretch
4. Hamstring Release
5. Pec Minor Deactivation
6. Shoulder internal rotation

Inspired be Joe DeFranco’s “Limber 11” and Kelly Starret’s “Becoming a Supple Leopard”, these six exercises (stolen from the best) target the tight tissues that rob hockey players of peak performance and injury free play. Enjoy version 1.0 of The Supple Six for Hockey Players.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal” – Steve Jobs

April 4, 2014

The Ubyssey Series: Why don’t people stretch?

The Ubyssey Series: Why don’t people stretch?

A bit of a follow up to my first stretching article. More video blogs to come on stretching over the course of the summer.

March 4, 2014

Tight vs Loose: What’s your set point?

I’m currently in playoffs, and I’m seeing a lot of tight bodies on my team. I’m seeing players going to trainers with sore backs, or sore hips, or sore shoulder. The most common thing that they say is “I’m tight”. I’m finding it a battle myself to keep all my tissues loose and relaxed with so much game play. 

In this article, I want to talk about the benefits and costs of having your muscles have a set point that’s loose vs tight.

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August 2, 2013

Hip Mobility Exercises II

Here are some more hip mobility exercises that I personally complete, and have our athletes with tight hips do on a regular basis. They are designed to both stretch the musculature around the joint, but also to address the tightness of the joint capsule. My influences for these exercises come from “Stretch to Win” (which I’ve blogged about previously) and Dr. Kelly Starret’s amazing book “Becoming a Supple Leopard”. Enjoy and post any questions you may have. This video will be accompanied by an article talking about banded distractions and their benefit at a later date.