Training – Moving to the Next Level


    Competing in Colorado: Does Altitude Matter?

    Playing hockey in Colorado is different. It’s very competitive, and there are many quality programs to get involved with from an early age. We have a storied NHL franchise in the Avalanche and an incredible college team at University of Denver. Colorado has a thriving economy, which allows families the luxury of being able to […]

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    Off-Ice Training for Goalies with Chris Phillips

    Today’s article is a guest post from Chris Phillips, an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach that runs a facility called Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Southern California. Before opening Compete, Chris spent 8 years working in the NHL. It’s always great to get someone’s perspective that has worked at the highest levels, […]

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  • Speed Skating

    THE Six Exercises to Improve Your Speed Skating

    Nearly every hockey player who comes through the doors of my facility asks, “How can I skate faster?” Besides your innate game sense and competitiveness, skating is the most important and improvable skill to enhance your hockey game. Here are six top exercises you should incorporate into your hockey training to increase your skating speed. […]

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    Prevent Common Sports Injuries With These Six Guidelines

    As an athletic trainer and strength coach, I’m often asked how athletes can avoid injuries. Here are the best ways that I’ve found to prevent injuries in my athletes. 1. Perform a Good Dynamic Warm-Up A good dynamic warm-up consists of many components, most of which are fine to use—assuming basic principles are applied. Exercises […]

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  • Mentally Tough

    20 Ways To Get Mentally Tough

    When you face a setback, think of it as a defining moment that will lead to a future accomplishment. When you encounter adversity, remember, the best don’t just face adversity; they embrace it, knowing it’s not a dead end but a detour to something greater and better. When you face negative people, know that the […]

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    Why You Should Exercise Outside This Winter

    Training in the gym is better than not training at all, but there are a surprising number of benefits to layering up and exercising in the cold. Here are seven reasons why you should suck it up and train outside even during winter’s frigid temperatures. You’ll Burn More Calories In colder temperatures, the body needs […]

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    How to Reduce Tight Hamstrings – Without Stretches!

    If you’re a hockey player, you may be all too familiar with the problem of tight hamstrings, which don’t loosen with stretching. Until you solve the underlying reason why your hamstrings are tight, you’ll be wasting most of your mobility and stretching efforts. Here are some fixes for chronic tightness in the hamstrings, followed by a […]

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    PDI Gets Inside the DU Weight Room with Matt Shaw

      Have you ever wondered what workouts are like as a college athlete? PDI‘s Paul Santrizos goes inside the University of Denver weight room with Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Shaw, to talk training. Watch below to see the DU men’s hockey team run through plyometric exercises to build explosiveness, footwork and agility ladders to […]

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    PDI Interview with Nick Shore

    Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports   As a Colorado native, Nick Shore was raised with hockey in his blood. His older brother, Drew, played three seasons at DU and went in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft to the Florida Panthers. Nick maintained the family legacy and played three seasons at DU where […]

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    PDI Interview with Tyler Bozak

      Multi-sport athletes often have trouble choosing the sport they would like to play in college. For Tyler Bozak, hockey was the clear choice. The 6’1″, 195 pound center from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada is a current member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to Toronto, he led the British Columbia Hockey League with 128 points […]

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