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Optimizing Skating Technique (Part 1)

Recently I have been sharing with you tips on how to become a faster and more powerful hockey player. 

None of that information matters if you cannot skate! 

Today’s game requires a tremendous amount of skating ability. You need to spend a lot of time optimizing and perfecting your skating technique.

Here are 4 tips to help you become a more efficient skater:

1. Flick Your Toes At The End of Each Stride

Your calf muscles are capable of producing large amounts of power. See for yourself! Stand up and try and jump and down without bending your knees first on two legs and then on one. Those are your calf muscles at work.

When skating forward, backward, or crossing over focus on ending each stride with a toe flick into the ice. Your skate should leave the ice heel to toe. This simple action will add extra power to your stride.

2. Push Under With The Cross Under Leg

When crossing over players often focus on stepping over their opposite leg. Instead, the focus should be on pushing under with the other leg. This action helps improve acceleration through turns and increases power on each stride.

To see you are pushing under have someone film you performing crossovers. You should see your cross under leg reach triple extension (straight leg and toes pointed). If you are not reaching triple extension on the push under leg you are losing power.

3. Recover The Stride Fully Under The Body On Both Sides

To increase your speed on the ice you need to make sure you bringing your stride back and under your body. This will increase stride at the start and will also reduce friction on the ice. When players do not fully recover their stride leg, they tend to ride on the inside edge. This increases friction on the ice and slows them down. 

4. Push Out, Not Up

The goal on the ice should be to move horizontally and not vertically. During the acceleration phase, players often push up and not out. Players need to lean into their direction of travel and focus on pushing the ice back and away. Imagine that the ceiling is low and if you raise up you will hit your head. 

Stay tuned for Part 2!


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