Why hockey players should not stand on Stability Balls.

DSCF0003I was speaking with a young hockey player the other day who was so excited to tell me about the ‘cool’ off-ice training program he went to over the Christmas break.  He was so pumped because some of the athletes were standing on stability balls.  Knowing that I work with lots of hockey players he asked if I had my athletes stand on the stability ball.  When I said no, his face fell – like “What kind of trainer ARE you anyway?!” 

I have never had my athletes stand on the stability ball – I did use a photo of me standing on the ball for a promo shot a few years ago, but I have since stopped.  Here is why: 
1. standing on the ball is really not that difficult.  It is much harder to balance an Extreme Balance board.
2. the hard thing about standing on the stability ball is falling OFF!  See video below.

 

 This is why no hockey players will be standing on stability balls at Revolution Conditioning and why you should not either.

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Maria Mountain

Maria Mountain is a Fitness Coach and the owner of Revolution Conditioning in London, Ontario. She helps hockey players from AAA to professionals compete at their highest level while reducing their risk of injury. Dedicated to athletes who want to work hard, but train smart.

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