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From the Trainer’s Room: Don’t let a muscle strain keep you on the bench

October 10th, 2023

With the beginning of a new season comes the excitement of getting back out on the playing surface and competing for the win. Sometimes this can lead to overexertion and muscle pulls right from the first whistle. A common muscle strain I see right out of training camp is the adductor, or groin pull. We’ve…

From the Trainer’s Room: The two exercises you need to get faster 

October 2nd, 2023

Let’s face it. Every sport requires an athlete to be fast one way or another. Whether it’s a baseball player trying to change a single to a double, a soccer player going for a goal across the field, or a hockey player skating, all sports require the athlete to be fast. The question often asked…

From the Trainer’s Room: Fueling for success

September 28th, 2023

A car needs fuel to run, and the same can be said for the human body. Athletes in particular need to make sure to replenish their energy to get ready for the next training session or competition. An added obstacle is often a busy schedule. Between school, work, training sessions, practices, competitions, and homework, there…

From the Trainer’s Room: Importance of hip mobility

September 20th, 2023

The biggest and most powerful joint in the body is the hip joint. The hip joints not only generate the majority of power in athletic movements, but also are the center of all points of connection and load for the body’s muscle groups. Therefore, when the hip joint becomes compromised in any way, it affects…

From the Trainer’s Room: Three key areas to increase performance during the school year

September 7th, 2023

As athletes begin the school year, a very hectic schedule begins to build. As the school year unfolds and homework loads, along with activities and sports practices beginning to increase, it is easy for an athlete to get caught up in the craziness of the year. This leads to less sleep, less hydration, and greater…

From the Trainer’s Room: Groin injuries in hockey

August 30th, 2023

Groin strains are common injuries in the game of ice hockey. Previous reports in the NHL have shown than up to 10 percent of all injuries sustained have been due to strains of the groin or adductor muscle group. In today’s NHL, it is a little tougher to note since these injuries are now classified…

From the Trainer’s Room: Let’s go camping

August 24th, 2023

No, I don’t mean it’s time for a trip out into the woods! I’m talking about the upcoming training camps that will officially start the new hockey season. These final weeks of the summer will also bring about a batch of tournaments. Are you prepared to perform at your best? The offseason for a hockey…

From the Trainer’s Room: Heat illness

August 15th, 2023

With the new fall sports season just around the corner, we want to discuss the important topic of heat illness, or Exertional Heat Illnesses (EHIs). EHIs can be a very serious medical emergency that can cause serious damage to your body and even lead to death. The risk of EHIs are ever present during exercise…

From the Trainer’s Room: Offseason check-in

August 1st, 2023

How is your offseason training plan coming along? Are you getting ready for the upcoming season? Let’s check the list to see where you are. — Did you take time off at the end of last season to recover from injuries? — Did you take time off the ice to get away on vacation? (Still…

From the Trainer’s Room: Core stability isn’t just sit-ups

July 19th, 2023

When most people think about core or abdominal exercises, they think sit-ups and planks. Though these exercises can be effective, can we do it better? Many of the most popular core exercises are performed on the floor. The issue is that most of the sports we play occur standing up. With this in mind, adding…

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