Diane Ness

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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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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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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Pushing to the side


By Diane Ness


Understanding the physics of skating is very important. It’s important to understand how speed works while on skates. Very simply, if you are in shoes, you are moving your feet front to back. If you are on skates, you need to push out on your edge.

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