MESSAGE FROM GARY ROBERTS
Strength Training for Youth Hockey
In our modern youth sport culture more and more emphasis is being placed on young athletes competing year round in their sport. Young hockey players are moving from one league or team to the next as quickly as the seasons change. As playoffs end, spring hockey gives way to summer leagues, to preparation camps and the following season then arrives without the skates ever being untied. This idea of continuous play is creating athletes who lack proper movement patterns and have elevated injury risks and in all likelihood will mentally burnout far earlier in their athletic career then previous generations.
This frightening epidemic has created an urgent need for youth strength training that was not present 10 years ago. Time spent in the weight room at this age is pivotal to developing proper movement patterns and appropriate tendon/ ligament strength that will aid in injury prevention. By no means are we advocating heavy weight lifting or intense conditioning sessions, but proper exercise selection with emphasis on full body movements will help improve the athletes’ overall athleticism and body awareness. Our bodies are designed to: run, jump, squat, lunge, push, pull and roll, all of these movements are present in a holistic training program. We want to help teach young athletes to control force and react quickly allowing them to change direction instantaneously during the game. We want to help build their core strength and balance, giving them an edge over the opponent when they go into the corner to fight for the puck and keep them of the injury list. Strength training has become a vital part of young athlete development and we are excited to help spread the word.
GARY ROBERTS | 20+ year NHL Veteran, Lifestyle Coach
Gary Roberts is a 20+ year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup winner with 1224 games played (910 points including 438 goals and 472 assists) and three NHL All-Star appearances. Since his retirement after the 2008/2009 NHL season, Gary has become a leader in high performance training and sports nutrition for professional and amateur athletes.