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Central Ohio's Best Gym for Sports Performance Training & Adult Fitness.
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In the game of competitive ice hockey, perhaps there in no skill as important as the ability to skate efficiently. In today’s game, players can reach speeds of up to 30mph. The cost of using this mechanical output is the difference between winning puck battles and harboring sufficient enough energy to compete at high levels late in the game. Researchers from the University of Calgary set out to identify muscle activation patterns during accelerative hockey skating. In addition to collecting the EMG data, they compared and contrasted the movement strategies used by elite and recreational players. Each group performed 15 repetitions of a 30-meter sprint while muscle activity was measured in the tibialis anterior (TA), medial gastrocnemius (MG), vastus medialis (VM), vastus lateralis (VL), and gluteus medius (GM). (Buckeridge, von Tscharner, & Nigg, 2016)


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When referencing the diagram, Figure 1a represents muscle activity across all subjects during the contact phase of acceleration. As we can interpret from this, the quads (VM, VL) and glute med (GM) are all integral and facilitated during on-ice acceleration. However, when we look deeper at the diagram, we can start to notice subtle differences. Figure 1b is the dominant muscle activation strategy used by elite players. Here we notice much bigger contributions from the hip abductors (GM) and the two knee extensor muscles (VM, VL). Contrasting this to Figure 1c, we notice that novice players relay much more on their medial gastrocnemius as a plantar flexor and that there is an inverse contribution from the vastus lateralis (VL) in additional to minimal facilitation of the glute med (GM). In essence, elite players use a hip-knee extensor pattern to build speed, while novice/recreational players rely on ankle planter flexor strategies, at the expense of the vastus lateralis (VL) and glute med (GM) during the late propulsive phase of acceleration.

Skating is a skill, in order to get better at a skill, practice is required. Perhaps none as important as on-ice preparation. Timing, agonist-antagonist relaxation, strength, coordination, impulse and movement proficiency all play a role. For the physical preparation coach, a solid understanding of these mechanics may aid in program design, rehab initiatives, priority planning and testing parameters.
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Summer Sports Performance Training is right around the corner. Don't miss out on your opportunity to get #OneDayBetter this off season. #DSCFamily

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Summer dates are officially live. Don't miss your chance to train at DSC this off-season. #OneDayBetter
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DSC's Anthony Donskov is set to speak at this Summer's NSCA Hockey Strength and Conditioning Clinic. #OneDayBetter
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Free Download: "A Parent's Manual to to Understanding Long-Term Athletic Development for Ice Hockey. The purpose of this manual is to educate parents and youth coaches about the framework of long-term athletic development and its implications on "off-ice training." We hope you enjoy this resource. Please share if you think it will help your local sports organization.

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Great time chatting with Mike Robertson on his PodCast last week about all things strength and conditioning for Ice hockey. Check out my interview below.
http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/anthony-donskov-hockey/
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DSC inaugural golf outing... Sport Performance/ Athletic Development Summer 2015! #dscfamily #onedaybetter
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Last day of Summer Sport Performance /Athletic Development Programs... 8am group getting ready to #dowork in dressed in cut off jean shorts... Throw back Thursday style! #dscfamily #onedaybetter

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Donskov Strength & Conditioning summer sport performance training... Title Belt / Hard Hat Award... #attitude #passion #dowork #onedaybetter #dscfamily

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