Cool Down Routine For Hockey Goalies

cool down for goaliesHow many of you are on the Twitter?  At first I didn’t really get it – I was thinking ‘why wouldn’t I just update my status on Facebook?’  I think I am figuring it out now, it is really quick, I find there is less distraction than on Facebook so it is a great place for sharing content and news.  I found out about the Boston bombings on Twitter first.

Anyway, I had a question from my friend Magnus (@BlueCrease) – no that is not him in the picture on the right 🙂 – about cool down routines following a session on the ice vs a workout in the gym.  The key for me when a player is coming off the ice after a game or practice is restoration.  The video below takes you through a post-ice cool down for goalies.  I also think this is an appropriate time to foam roll and I am fine with a 10-minute flush ride, although I do not think it is crucial.

If your facility has hot/cold tubs (probably not many of you) then I do think contrast baths have good value, but again if you are not playing varsity or pro, you probably do not have access to hot/cold tubs.  Would be a good topic for another post though – you can actually do it using a bathtub and a garbage can – sounds like fun eh?

So here is my post-ice cool down strategy…

  • flush ride (if you wish) for 10-minutes, very light
  • foam roll or other myofascial release technique
  • restorative stretches

Cool Down For Goalies After An Off-Ice Workout

To me, the big difference here is that I am okay with goalies working on their mobility after they workout with some more aggressive stretching like the Functional Range Conditioning stuff I covered a few weeks ago.  It is also a time that we work on specific ‘injury prevention’ exercises for a given player.

Let’s say for example a goalie tweaked his groin 1-2 times during the season.  They are not injured at the current time, but some imbalances which probably contributed to the ‘tweaks’ were identified on assessment, this is a time that I would give them more specific attention.

I hope that helps you nail down your cool down routines – please let me know what other questions you have.


PS – if you are on the Twitter – give me a follow @GoalieTraining
PPS – sorry about the kinda creepy photo – this is what came up where I searched stretching – I thought it was funny, but it gets creepy the more I look at it 🙂

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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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