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From the Trainer’s Room: Game-day prep for hockey

December 6th, 2022

Whether they admit it or not, every player has a pre-game routine. All athletes perform their best when they feel their best. Having the good habits to prepare yourself properly prior to your game goes a long way in improving performance and preventing injuries. The sequence and timing of the steps that go into a…

Meet Chris Phillips of Compete Sports Performance and Rehab

November 30th, 2022

Compete Sports Performance and Rehab owner Chris Phillips was recently featured by Read the full article. (November 30, 2022)

From the Trainer’s Room: Which is better to use? Kettlebells or dumbbells?

November 23rd, 2022

No matter what level of athlete or weightlifting you are at, you have most likely asked yourself, “Do I use a kettlebell or dumbbell? Which is better?” When both are implemented into your training regimen, it’s excellent but in different situations. You have to ask yourself what the goal is in your training. Are you…

From the Trainer’s Room: Shoulder injuries in hockey

November 9th, 2022

At our sports performance and rehabilitation facilities, we see many hockey athletes with injuries to their shoulders. This is not surprising due to the speed and the physical nature of the sport. Injuries can vary from simple muscle strains to full joint dislocations. Today, we will go over a brief discussion of a couple of…

From the Trainer’s Room: Concussion discussions, diagnosing the concussed athlete

November 2nd, 2022

If you have been involved in athletics over the past decade, then it is likely you have heard the debate surrounding concussions. Due to recent events in professional sports, concussions have once again become a hot topic for media, parents, teams, and athletes. While it is never a positive thing for any athlete to suffer…

From the Trainer’s Room: Concussion discussions, managing the concussed athlete

October 25th, 2022

In the previous article of our concussion discussion, we covered some myths regarding the diagnosis of a concussion. Today, we will look at some misconceptions regarding how concussions are managed. The roadmap to managing a concussion is complex, and nuanced, and has many different paths. Navigating it can become confusing and weeding out the good…

From the Trainer’s Room: This doesn’t look like hockey training…

October 10th, 2022

Our facility is fortunate to be located inside a hockey rink. This means I get to work with all the teams of our local club team that calls my rink home. As I was talking to one of the coaches who was observing his team train before a practice, he started asking questions about what…

From the Trainer’s Room: Returning to play after an injury

September 26th, 2022

Injuries occur in sports. Some require rest, some rehab, and sometimes treatment and modifications to activity are necessary in order to get the athlete back into competition. Every injury and every athlete are different, so there is no black and white answer to how fast or what is needed to return to play. When an…

From the Trainer’s Room: Dealing with hockey injuries

September 12th, 2022

So let’s just say you did everything right in the offseason. You stayed off your skates and recovered from last season’s injuries. You put in good work in the gym and got bigger, faster, and stronger. You felt great getting back on the ice as you practiced for the first tournament to prepare for the…

From the Trainer’s Room: Final phase of the hockey offseason

August 23rd, 2022

The beginning of the hockey season is just weeks away. There are many camps going on and the demands for the players to be on the ice are increasing. So, too, must the work we do in the gym change as we enter this final phase of the offseason. To recap, the first phase of…

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