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Akhockeyguy 09-07-2013 03:16 PM

How can I improve my skating technique off the ice?
I just had my first game at comp (travel) level and it was so much quicker than any level I've ever played. I was by far the slowest on the ice between the two teams. I talked to someone and asked him how to get quicker. He told me that my form is pretty bad (legs not bent barely at all, and I bent over way too much at the hips). My form has always been bad, but it never made such a difference as it has so far this year. So he showed me a couple of things to do on the ice. But I don't really have any ideas of what to do off the ice. Anyone have any ideas?

thevil 09-07-2013 03:34 PM

Well the best thing I can think of if you want to work on technique is get a pair of inline skates and practice at home that way.

do0glas 09-07-2013 03:49 PM

If you form is a problem, you can practice that off ice. getting muscle memory going for a deep knee bend is crucial.

If strength is a problem, well, get stronger. your balance will setup a good foundation for form. so lots of squats, dead lifts, and other lower back/core exercises will get you going in the right direction.

buying some inline skates will help as well, at least for just straight forward/backward skating and cross overs.

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