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The Best Things to Do Pregame to Get Hockey Players Ready for Battle


The Best Things to Do Pregame to Get Hockey Players Ready for Battle

Hockey players require a combination of strength, speed, endurance, and mental focus to perform at their best during a game. In addition to regular training, there are specific things that hockey players can do pregame to ensure that they are ready for battle. Here are some of the best things to do pregame to get hockey players ready for battle.

  1. Start with a healthy meal

The first step in pregame preparation for hockey players is to eat a healthy meal. A well-balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats can help provide the energy needed to perform at a high level during the game. Examples of good pregame meals include a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, grilled chicken with brown rice, and a spinach and chicken salad.

  1. Hydrate

Hockey players should drink plenty of water before the game to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, cramping, and decreased performance on the ice. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 16 ounces of water 2-3 hours before the game and another 8-16 ounces 10-20 minutes before the game.

  1. Stretching

Stretching is an important part of pregame preparation for hockey players. Dynamic stretching can help warm up the muscles and increase blood flow, which can reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. Examples of dynamic stretches include walking lunges, leg swings, and high knees.

  1. Specific Game Day Workout

Performing a specific game day workout can help hockey players prepare their bodies for the physical demands of the game. This workout should focus on movements and exercises that mimic the actions required during the game. Examples of game day workouts include sled pushes, medicine ball slams, and battle rope exercises.

  1. Mental Focus

Mental focus is critical for hockey players to perform at their best during the game. Techniques such as visualization, deep breathing, and positive self-talk can help players stay focused and calm under pressure. A pregame routine that includes these techniques can help players mentally prepare for the game.

  1. Pre-Game Poop

While it may not be a glamorous topic, a pre-game poop is an essential part of pregame preparation for hockey players. Holding in waste can lead to discomfort and distraction during the game. Encourage players to take care of their business before the game so that they can focus on playing their best on the ice.

In conclusion, pregame preparation is essential for hockey players to perform at their best during the game. A healthy meal, hydration, stretching, specific game day workout, mental focus, and taking care of business are all important parts of pregame preparation for hockey players. By following these tips, players can be confident that they are ready for battle on the ice.

Yaron Lohr, DC Clinic Director

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