Diane Ness

Designing a skating practice

 

By Diane Ness

 

When looking at designing a skating practice, there are many things to consider. The first thing that would come to mind is making a plan. Trying to figure out what you want to teach and in what order is critical in running an effective skating practice. The key is always the execution of a plan, not just the plan itself.

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Practicing like a pro

 

By Diane Ness

 

What a great time of year right now for development and improvement. When I work with the pros in the summer, there is so much attention to detail while working on skating. If younger skaters were able to learn and understand this concept, they would make great strides throughout the year. Granted, we are working on skating and skating-specific drills in the summer, but the general idea always applies. Practice makes permanent, practice how you play and make sure you focus on details each and every practice.

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Refining technique

 

By Diane Ness

 

At the end of a long season, you may notice that most players’ skating technique begins to suffer. Minor things like a skater’s stride getting choppy or a skater not bending his/her knees is most evident. While most teams work on power play, penalty kill, breakouts and forechecks during the season, there leaves little room for skating and skill development.

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Every push has a pull

 

By Diane Ness

 

Throughout many of my articles, I talk a lot about the importance of loading and learning how to push properly. What sometimes goes unmentioned is the importance of every pull as well. Once the leg is loaded and you execute a push, you will then need to be able to pull your leg back underneath you to create speed.

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The stride, continued

 

By Diane Ness

 

In the previous article, I noted the importance of getting a strong push to the side while executing a stride. I would like to stick with that same concept and discuss in a little more detail about recovery as well as injury prevention tips.

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