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.
A common mistake when training hockey players is focusing on the large prime movers and ignoring the smaller stabilizing muscles. Thinking in terms of the quads and glutes, but ignoring the deep hip rotators.
If you try to accelerate your progress, you may actually decrease your flexibility.
Hockey is a multi-tasking sport but far too often players train for the best case scenario. Think about the last time you did some off-ice agility or goalie movement drills. Was anyone trying to knock you off the puck? Was anyone firing a puck at you? Was anyone constantly backing into your? Probably not. You were likely given a pattern and then allowed to practice it unhampered.
As a hockey goalie, you cannot afford to get tired. You cannot let your legs turn to cement and weigh you down as the game goes into the third period and beyond.