Complete Conditioning for Hockey
BookHockey players are stronger, quicker, and more agile than ever before. To compete and win in today’s game requires superior stamina and strength. Complete Conditioning for Hockey can help get you there with a year-round training plan that will get you primed for a winning season.
Author Ryan van Asten, one of the game’s leading strength and conditioning coaches, shares the same approach he’s used with top athletes and teams at the professional and national levels—including NHL Stanley Cup winners, Canada’s Olympic gold medal–winning women’s hockey team, and multiple world championship teams. Complete Conditioning for Hockey covers every aspect of physical preparation, including these:
- Movement optimization
- Endurance and stamina
- Functional strength and power
- Acceleration and speed
- Change of direction and reactivity
- Recovery and injury risk reduction
Complete Conditioning for Hockey also features a detailed analysis of player movement and conditioning needs, taking the process of physical preparation for hockey to a whole new level.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Complete Conditioning for Hockey Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Complete Conditioning for Hockey With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
AudienceSerious hockey players (high school and above), hockey coaches, and strength and conditioning professionals and personal trainers who work with hockey players.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Physical Demands of Ice Hockey
Chapter 2. Assessing and Monitoring Hockey Fitness and Movement
Chapter 3. Optimizing Movement Capacity
Chapter 4. Energy Systems Development
Chapter 5. Systemic Strengthening
Chapter 6. Training for Functional Power
Chapter 7. Training for Acceleration and Speed
Chapter 8. Change of Direction and Reactivity
Chapter 9. Recovery and Reducing Injury Risk
Chapter 10. Technological Advances
Chapter 11. Yearly Training Plan and Program Development
Chapter 12. Postseason Training
Chapter 13. Off-Season Training
Chapter 14. Preseason Training
Chapter 15. In-Season Training
Quotes"Ryan van Asten's approach to training hockey players is grounded in the fundamentals. However, he continues to evolve and innovate by seeking the best sources of information and collaborating with the brightest minds in the game. Complete Conditioning for Hockey is an excellent resource for players of all ages and coaches."
—Hayley Wickenheiser, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Seven-Time IIHF World Champion, and Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
"I'm lucky to work with Ryan van Asten. He is an innovator and always ahead of the curve, which has helped me achieve peak performance on the ice. Since working with Ryan, my performance on and off the ice has improved tremendously. His holistic approach to training leaves no stone unturned. Complete Conditioning for Hockey is a must-have resource for all hockey players and coaches alike."
—Dillon Dube, Player for the Calgary Flames and IIHF World Juniors Champion and Team Captain
"Ryan van Asten is a prominent leader in the strength and conditioning field and continues to drive industry-leading initiatives. His knowledge allows him to navigate the needs of his athletes with ease, ensuring they are reaching their potential and making important gains. Ryan is humble in his approach and always puts his athletes first. It's not about what he knows; it's about what his athletes need. I started to work with Ryan later in my career, and he improved several areas of my game, including my power. Ryan's training helped me stay relevant in a game that was quickly evolving. The success he has achieved is not surprising; his professionalism and work ethic resonate with everyone he works with."
—Carla MacLeod, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and 2009 IIHF World Championships MVP
"Ryan van Asten helped me reach and maintain peak physical condition during the long and grueling NHL season. His in-season approach to training allowed me to perform at the highest level and avoid injury during the playoffs, when the physical demands are the highest. Complete Conditioning for Hockey is highly recommended, not only for training but also for maintaining performance and avoiding injury during the season."
—Alec Martinez, Player for the Vegas Golden Knights and Two-Time Stanley Cup Champion
ExcerptsFactors that contribute to power development
Qualities affecting change-of-direction speed and agility
This squat variation is a must for hockey players