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04-01-2010, 10:41 PM
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This could open a big bag of worms. I have learned a few theories when it comes to development so here it goes. Some people believe that children develop in stages or steps, so they develop, then plateau, then develop again.

Others believe in a gradual climb, and of course there is evidence to support both sides.

I think that the best thing to do is just keep on working on your skills, if you feel you have "plateaued" then either try a different skill (if your skating has plateaued, then work on your backhands, or dekeing, or slapshots, etc)

Another way to get over a plateau is to change something

It is common knowledge that your muscles plateau, if you stop challenging them in new ways, they will not develop past this point. You can change things like, duration, intensity, weight etc

In regards to practicing for hockey you could change speed (practice quick shots / quick release, stickhandling faster, skating faster), weight (with weighted pucks, sticks, or skate weights) and intensity (go as hard as you can, take a break, do it again)

I think this will help you get over your plateau

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